50 – The Denbighshire Hill Forts

Today we have something pretty exciting. Listener Simon put me in contact with Erin Robinson and Fiona Gale, who are currently working on archaeological sites in Denbighshire north Wales, and they were kind enough to agree to speak to me via Skype. So today we are taking a break from our middle ages cultural discussion, and instead we have an interview on the Heather and Hillforts project... a project which focuses on a number of iron age hill forts.

I can’t tell you how fortunate we are to be able to talk with Erin and Fiona regarding their project in Denbighshire. The hillforts they’re working on are still somewhat mysterious and unknown. We are still learning a great deal about them and, with luck, we will be learning even more over the coming years. This is really a great opportunity for us.

If you'd like to learn more, or you like to find how to get involved, you can go to the websites I've listed below:




And if you are in North Wales and see someone off-roading over one of these historic sites, please report them to the police.  These are tremendously important sites and we need to do all we can to preserve them.  After all, the damage these vehicles are doing can never be undone.


  3 Replies to “50 – The Denbighshire Hill Forts”

  1. July 24, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    I’m about halfway through the episode. What was the myth that was mentioned? Something about a big person or creature in a gold cloak?

    • July 28, 2012 at 1:26 pm

      I’m waiting to hear back from Erin and Fiona on that. I don’t have a link yet, but once I do I’ll be posting it here, on Facebook, and on Twitter.


  2. August 2, 2012 at 5:32 am

    Hi Jamie,
    I think the myth you’re refering to comes from the Mold area in Flintshire,North Wales, and Bryn yr Ellyllon (or Goblins Hill) in particular. Which is very close to one of the hill forts mentioned in your fab podcast.
    The myth says that a woman on her way home one night, saw a large warrior with golden armour appear from a wood close by.Some time later a group of workmen digging for stone at the barrow mound that the ghostly image dissapeared into(Tomen yr Ellyllon) discovered a golden cape that is currently displayed in the British museum.
    Really enjoyed the podcast, I’m originaly from the area and it brought back memories of playing there as a kid.
    Keep up the good work.

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