BBC’s Digging for Britain to come to HM Stanley’s childhood home to cover important archeological dig by Oxford University in the Ffynnon Beuno “bone cave”.
31st May 2019 Contact: Jane Marsh 07525 474361
On the 26th June, a team of archeology students will be on site for a 3 week dig at Ffynnon Beuno, Tremeirchion. The excavation will feature on the BBC’s Digging for Britain program later this year. The team will be headed up by Doctor Rob Dinnis from the University of Edinburgh and author of “Britain, one million years of the human story”. They hope to uncover new information about our ancestors from some 30,000 years ago.
Ffynnon Beuno, the childhood home of the famous African explorer HM Stanley was first excavated in 1883 and was found to contain flint tools from 36,000 BP and bones from woolly rhino, mammoth and hyaena. The cave is of international significance as it is only one of three sites in the UK to contain artefacts from Neanderthals immediately prior to their extinction (42,000 BP) and early modern man (37,000 BP). This excavation will focus on continuing to explore the Victorian spoilheap for new evidence overlooked by the original archaeologist Dr Henry Hicks in 1881 and a new area within the cave previously unexplored. Sites of such significance are rare and Digging for Britain will be covering the dig for Season 8 of the program to be aired in November.
The team will be conducting daily guided tours of the dig from Wednesday 26th June from the Coffee shop situated to the front of Ffynnon Beuno.
About Ffynnon Beuno :
Ffynnon Beuno is a 5 acre smallholding located in Tremeirchion. In addition to the famous “bone cave”, it also boasts a 1500 year old holy well and two shepherds huts for short breaks. A third shepherds hut sells local produce made at the smallholding as well as Dwyfor coffee and Welsh brew tea. Ffynnon Beuno was also a childhood home of the famous African explorer HM Stanley.