In 2021, as part of 'Digging Deeper', Dr Tudur Davies, environmental archaeologist, carried out an analysis of pollen samples at Under Whitle.
The evidence from the pollen present in the samples showed variations in farming activity between the 9th and 15th centuries CE. These variations indicated potential links to climate changes, political and/or economic events.
Thanks to the Farming in a Protected Landscape Scheme, together with those people who supported the project, we have obtained more funding so a much more detailed examination of pollen samples can be made. This will provide a more comprehensive breakdown and analyis of any variations and should allow us to state, with more confidence, potential reasons for those changes.