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Ynyslas Wrecks - 2015

Ynyslas beach lies on the south side of the River Dovey (Afon Dyfi) opposite the town of Aberdovey (Aberdyfi) in West Wales. On this beach are 3 intertidal shipwrecks that are thought to be the last remaining examples of the commercial Derwenlas fleet of slate schooners that operated on the River Dovey in the 19th century. It is also thought that these vessels may have been abandoned in their current locations to act as navigational channel markers.   

Following on from work that MADU has carried out on the Ynyslas site since 2012 and Cadw's decision to designate all three wrecks under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act (1979). In June 2015 MADU (operating on behalf of the NAS) again joined forces with the Dyfed Archaeological Trust (DAT) who had been commissioned by Cadw to carry out further site investigations.

For a couple of days the weather was against us and additional safety measures were introduced including the running of safety lines which members of the team could tie on to when working close to the water.

Appalling weather conditions with winds gusting to 70 mph Appalling weather conditions with winds gusting to 70 mph

Appalling weather conditions with winds gusting to 70 mph

Measuring, sketching and recording the exposed timbers Measuring, sketching and recording the exposed timbers

Measuring, sketching and recording the exposed timbers

Sketching and photographing the exposed timbers Sketching and photographing the exposed timbers

Sketching and photographing the exposed timbers

Exposed timbers were labeled with metal identification tags and recorded using a total station Exposed timbers were labeled with metal identification tags and recorded using a total station

Exposed timbers were labeled with metal identification tags and recorded using a total station

The 2015 site work culminated with a report by MADU

Monitoring and Recording of the Scheduled Hulk Number 3 on Ynyslas Beach, Ceredigion (June 2015)

and a report by the Dyfed Archaeological Trust:

Ynyslas Hulks, Ynyslas, Ceredigion: Archaeological Investigations 2015-2016 Interim Report

In addition, MADU provided and a joint presentation with James Meek, head of Archaeological Services at Dyfed Archaeological Trust at the DAT Archaeology Day Conference in 2016.

See also:

Ynyslas Wrecks - 2012 to present

Ynyslas Wrecks - 2014

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