This afternoon I am very honoured to be giving a talk to the Flintshire Historical Society and I am very very excited about it!
The society was formed in 1911 for the collection and publication of archaeological, historical information and materials relating to the (old) ‘County of Flint’. I will be talking all about the hillforts of north Wales and the borders and how they all connect with one another.
The Flintshire Historical Society Journal is a publication I have used time and time again and features heavily in my PhD thesis.
One of the main articles of the journal I have referenced is all about the excavations on Moel Hiraddug hillfort in Dyserth. It was excavated because it was being eaten away, metre by metre, day by day, by a quarry. In fact, if you see the profile of the hill today, there is only about two thirds left with a huge chunk missing from the northern side.I will be talking quite a bit about Moel Hiraddug this afternoon, including the story of the missing skeletons. Finding human remains in hillforts in this part of Wales is rare (really rare!). So the fact that two were found in Moel Hiraddug in the 1970s, mentioned in a journal once (one line of text, no more) but then never again mentioned, well that deserved a bit of research… And I have discovered quite a story!
So, if you’re free at 2.30pm, pop along to my Flintshire Historical Society lecture today in Dyserth Community Hall on Cwm Road to hear all about it. Non-members are fully welcomed for a small fee (around £2).