Onshore Export Cable for Burbo Bank offshore windfarm

In 2014 and 2015 a programme of archaeological excavation and geoarchaeological test pitting was undertaken as a prelude to the construction of an onshore export cable, running inland from the Denbighshire coastline between Rhyl and Prestatyn, which formed an element of the Burbo Bank Extension Offshore Wind Farm. 

Importantly, this work provided a valuable glimpse into prehistoric and early medieval coastal and inland landscapes in North Wales. Specifically, excavation resulted in the discovery of potential structures/palisades dating to the earlier Neolithic, Chalcolithic, and Middle/Late Bronze Age, together with two Early Bronze Age settlement areas, potential Middle Bronze Age agricultural plots, and later prehistoric and early medieval boundaries/drainage ditches. 

In addition, palaeoenvironmental analysis has provided valuable insights into the character of the landscape and episodes of human activity throughout these periods.