Drone footage of Phase 1 of the new Llangefni link road and the discovery of an ancient cemetery and a 1,500 year-old “time capsule”

Drone footage showing Phase 1 of the new Llangefni link road.

Main contractor Alun Griffiths (Contractors) Ltd, who used several of Welsh Slate’s aggregate products to include; as-dug, 6F5 capping material, type 1 sub-base.

Look closely around 2 minutes 15 seconds to see the unearthed ancient cemetery.

Archaeologists digging on the site of a new road in Anglesey have unearthed an ancient cemetery and a 1,500-year-old “time capsule”.  Some 48 early medieval graves have been discovered on the Llangefni link road site.

The “cist” graves each hold several bodies, alongside jewellery and French pottery.  Iwan Parry, of Archaeoleg Brython Archaeology, said: “This is a fantastic find of national importance.”
He added: “A cemetery like this, where there is such good preservation, is like finding a time capsule left by a community almost 1,500 years ago.  “The manner of how the remains have been preserved is amazing.”

Archaeologists now hope to use DNA techniques to discover whether the group are related to modern Llangefni residents.  The finds include a Roman bronze brooch, fragments of Samian pottery imported from Gaul (modern-day France), and a brooch clasp.  Although skeletons do not normally survive in the acidic soil of north west Wales, many of the excavated bones have remained intact in the local limestone bedrock.