RCAHMW – Uplands Initiative Projects

OANorth Surveys in North Wales

OANorth Surveys in North Wales

OA North  has been involved with eight seasons of survey since 2002 for the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales (RCAHMW) on their Uplands Initiative Project. This aims to systematically survey all the mountainous areas of Wales and to record archaeological sites on these areas in order to enhance the National Monuments Record of Wales.

In total I have worked on sixteen project areas in North Wales over the years. In bald statistics my weary legs have trudged along for 338.01 sq km and we have investigated and recorded 4229 archaeological sites.

Over the coming weeks/months I will upload summaries of each project, describe any really nice sites, and mention any ‘hilarious/unfortunate’ occurrences on them.

Brief descriptions and photographs of EVERY site investigated can be found on the Coflein website –  the online database for the National Monuments Record of Wales (NMRW).



2 thoughts on “RCAHMW – Uplands Initiative Projects

  1. A couple of weeks ago Dot & I climbed the hill above the Park Lead Mines (one of your Welsh areas) on the way back from a family event in mid-Wales. The trigpoint on top was sitting on what looked like a prehistoric cairn with ditch. I was impressed by how easy it was to look up the Record on the internet, which confirmed it was thought to be prehistoric (though iffy about the ditch).


    We collect trig points and it’s amazing how many look like they’re on prehistoric cairns/barrows, and how little information there is about these summit cairns…. there must be dozens in Northumberland and we’ve come across them in Wales and Bowland as well.

    • Hi Martin,
      I’m glad to see that you are spotting archaeology wherever you go now!
      You often find summit cairns with trigpoints on top of them as they often provide a sturdy foundation. We must have found dozens of similar such sites over the years, and also we often get sheepfolds sat upon earlier longhouses/shielings or sometimes re-using stone from hut circle settlements etc.


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