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Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Churchyard Surveying at Ysbyty Cynfyn Church, Blaenrheidol, Ceredigion





Surveying the churchyard at Ysbyty Cynfyn Church, Blaenrheidol, Ceredigion
Last week the Metal Links Project Community Archaeologists (Abby Hunt & Samantha Williams), along with Louise Barker of the RCAHMW Recording & Investigation Team, were out surveying the churchyard at Ysbyty Cynfyn Church, Blaenrheidol, Ceredigion (NPRN: 303658). Using GPS and Total Station technology, an accurate plan of the churchyard and the gravestones was made. This work was done in advance of a training session in graveyard recording to be run at the church in May. By recording the precise location of the stones and the extent of the churchyard, it is possible to create a good base-map onto which further details about the gravestones and their inscriptions can be recorded. This information will then feed into genealogical research into the parish, hopefully linking some of the people and families with the many historic metal mines in the area.

An interesting feature of the church at Ysbyty Cynfyn are the five large standing stones incorporated into the churchyard wall; there has been long debate about whether these are the in situ remains of a prehistoric stone circle or just re-used, re-positioned stones.

More information about the graveyard survey training day (open to all) will be posted shortly on the RCAHMW website, on the Metal Links Facebook page: www.facebook.com/MetalLinksProject and on the project Twitter feed: @MetalLinks.


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