«SOME NEW AND NEGLECTED FINDS OF 9th-CENTURY ANGLO-SAXON ORNAMENTAL METALWORK (Figs. 2, 3, 4; PI. IV, B) The purpose of this note is to record six ...»
All three locations are interesting. In the case of the Llys Awe! find, the proximity of Pen-y-Corddyn hill-fort, the Roman finds with their implication ofa religious site somewhere in the vicinity, and the neighbouring farm name Hen BIas (Old Place), often indicating a settlement of ancient foundation, all point to the need for a careful appraisal of the area. The Trearddur Bay find is close to Towyn-y-Capel, the site of a chapel dedicated to St Bride, situated about 20 m above high water mark, where cist burials have been reported. 1 Dark Age activity in the neighbouring parishes ofLlanmadog and Llangenydd at the NW. extremity of the Gower peninsula is amply attested by the ecclesiastical settlement on the offshore island of Burry Holms and the presence offour Early Christian monuments, as well as by a fragmentary thistle-brooch from Culver Hole cave (National Museum of Wales, ace. no.
3 I. 118/2). Llanmadog Church, with an inscribed stone of the late 5th or early 6th century and two cross-incised pillar-stones of the 7th to 9th century seems to have been a site of some importance. It must be stressed, however, that the find spot of the Llanmadog brooch was about 1 km from the church, and a good deal further from any of these other sites or finds.
The Llys Awel brooch (PI. v, A) This is of bronze, the front retaining substantial signs of gilding. It measures 71 mm high by 74 mm wide; the hoop varies in width from 6 mm to 8 mm, the right arm being wider than the left: the triangular terminals expand to a width of 25 mm and are joined in the middle by a square bar. Opposite the terminals the hoop broadens into a round-ended panel with a central setting consisting of the remains of an amber bead, Each terminal has compartments for three settings, one at the neck, which is slightly larger, and two at the corners of the broad end. The outer two of the latter contain the remains