This event will be held on 100 acres of new undetected pasture per day. Campers are welcome to arrive on Friday 27th April from midday and you will need to leave before midday on Monday 30th April.
This is event is open for the whole family to attend. Tents, camper vans and caravans are welcome. There will be catering and Toilets on this event. This is for FULL members only, Under 16’s are FREE to camp and detect, Non detecting partners are charged £5 to camp for the weekend. Camping 1 or 2 nights with detecting is £50 per detectorist. Day visitors are welcome to attend on Saturday & Sunday but must also be full members and bring membership cards on arrival.
This event is a great opportunity to spend the weekend on Anglesey and take in the sights with the family. We will dedicate a section of land for family’s only camping for those wanting a quieter area for the weekend. This will be the 1st of LGD’S camping weekenders with one big camping event every month, and for some months we are looking to host two weekenders from now until October.
“Anglesey” is derived from Old Norse, originally either Ǫngullsey “Hook Island” or Ǫnglisey “Ǫngli’s Island”. No record of such an Ǫngli survives, but the place name was used in the Viking raiders as early as the 10th century and was later adopted by the Normans during their invasions of Gwynedd. The traditional folk etymology reading the name as the “Island of the Angles(English)” may account for its Norman use but has no merit, although the Angles’ name itself is probably a cognate reference to the shape of the Angeln peninsula. All of these ultimately derive from the proposed Proto-Indo-European root *ank- (“to flex, bend, angle”). Through the 18th and 19th centuries and into the 20th, it was usually spelt Anglesea in documents.
Ynys Môn, the island’s Welsh name, was first recorded as Latin Mona by various Roman sources. It was likewise known to the Saxons as Monez. The Brittonic original was in the past taken to have meant “Island of the Cow”. This view is untenable, however, according to modern scientific philology, and the etymology remains a mystery.
Poetic names for Anglesey include the Old Welsh Ynys Dywyll (“Shady” or “Dark Isle”) for its former groves and Ynys y Cedairn (“Isle of the Brave”) for its royal courts; Gerald of Wales’ Môn Mam Cymru (“Môn, Mother of Wales”) for its productivity; and Y fêl Ynys (“Honey Isle”).
Numerous megalithic monuments and menhirs are present on Anglesey, testifying to the presence of humans in prehistory. Plas Newydd is near one of 28 cromlechs that remain on uplands overlooking the sea. The Welsh Triads claim that Anglesey was once part of the mainland.
Historically, Anglesey has long been associated with the druids. In AD 60 the Roman general Gaius Suetonius Paulinus, determined to break the power of the druids, attacked the island using his amphibious Batavian contingent as a surprise vanguard assault and then destroying the shrine and the nemetons (sacred groves). News of Boudica’s revolt reached him just after his victory, causing him to withdraw his army before consolidating his conquest. The island was finally brought into the Roman Empire by Gnaeus Julius Agricola, the Roman governor of Britain, in AD 78. During the Roman occupation, the area was notable for the mining of copper. The foundations of Caer Gybi as well as a fort at Holyhead are Roman, and the present road from Holyhead to Llanfairpwllgwyngyll was originally a Roman road. The island was grouped by Ptolemy with Ireland (“Hibernia”) rather than with Britain (“Albion”).
British Iron Age and Roman sites have been excavated and coins and ornaments discovered, especially by the 19th century antiquarian, William Owen Stanley. Following the Roman departure from Britain in the early 5th century, pirates from Ireland colonised Anglesey and the nearby Llŷn Peninsula. In response to this, Cunedda ap Edern, a Gododdin warlord from Scotland, came to the area and began to drive the Irish out. This was continued by his son Einion Yrth ap Cunedda and grandson Cadwallon Lawhir ap Einion; the last Irish invaders were finally defeated in battle in 470. As an island, Anglesey was in a good defensive position, and so Aberffraw became the site of the court, or Llys, of the Kingdom of Gwynedd. Apart from a devastating Danish raid in 853 it remained the capital until the 13th century, when improvements to the English navy made the location indefensible. Anglesey was also briefly the most southern possession of the Norwegian Empire.
After the Irish, the island was invaded by Vikings — some of these raids were noted in famous sagas (see Menai Strait History) — and by Saxons, and Normans, before falling to Edward I of England in the 13th century.
IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING ALL LET’S GO DIGGING EVENTS
Please note: We expect all finds to be shown for photographing, all items considered treasure for the finder to provide identification and a contact number. Whilst it is not our responsibility to report items of treasure found on our digs, we will advise the finder to do so and expect confirmation it has been done. And finds of this nature not reported will result in the finders details being passed to the relevant authority.
If you can no longer attend after registering for the event please UN REGISTER, failure to do so can result in you being blocked from all future LGD events.
£50 per person camping and detecting
£5 per non detecting guest
FREE camping and detecting for under 16’s
£50 per person
Registration opens at 12-02-2018 19:40
Registration closes at 25-04-2018 18:00
Anglesey Saturday Only
Registration opens at 12-02-2018 19:41
Registration closes at 25-02-2018 18:00
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