What do heat pumps and caves have in common?

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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.

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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.

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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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