What do heat pumps and caves have in common?


Plas Newydd of course.

I spent a fascinating couple of hours with Ian our project archaeologist on Saturday morning as he showed me what he had found the day before.


Whilst he had been waiting for the contractors to complete the next trench opening he went for a walk further along the marine walk and guess what he found.


Examples of nineteenth century blocking up of caves hewn out of the cliff.
We know already that Plas Newydd has seen occupancy over the last 4000 years as there is a fine example of a burial mound within the estate (one of many within a 5 mile radius); so the discovery of caves should not come as too much is a surprise. Ian informed me that the Menai Strait was not always a fast flowing stretch of latent heat for our project, but that before flooding would have been a valley, and the caves could potentially have provided perfect shelter and look- out.

Not what I was expecting when we started this project and goes to show the power of simply being inquisitive and going for a walk.


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