Probe to Unearth Pillar's Mysteries; Archeological Dig Will Investigate Landmark's Age and Significance
Byline: ERYL CRUMP
ARCHEOLOGISTS are hoping a well known landmark will reveal its past during an excavation this summer.
The Pillar of Eliseg, a ninth-century stone monument, stands on a mound near Valle Crucis Abbey Llangollen.
The Pillar of Eliseg, Llangollen The excavation, a project jointly organised by Bangor University and the University of Chester, will use modern archaeological methods to investigate the mound and could also reveal whether the site dates back to the Bronze Age.
Prof Nancy Edwards of Bangor University's School of Archaeology said: "Investigating this enigmatic monument will help us to discover more about the emergence of both Welsh and English early medieval kingdoms on the borders of Wales after the fall of Roman Britain.
"We are trying to date the barrow the Pillar stands on, and understand the archaeological context."
She added the pillar was originally a tall stone cross. Only part of a round shaft survives set within its original base which had a Latin inscription saying the cross was raised by Concenn, ruler of Powys in memory of his great-grandfather, Eliseg who had driven Anglo-Saxon invaders out of the area. …