"Hill of Deer" may have been medieval hunting park

Aerial photography has been used to discover what experts believe was a royal deer park in Gwynedd, Wales, where nobles would have gathered "for entertaining and forging alliances.” The park is located on the Brynkir estate at Dolbenmaen and dates to the reign of Prince Llywelyn the Great in the 13th Century.

Brynkir is believed to translate as "hill of deer," leading archaeologists to link the estate and the hunting park. "The park seems to be an egg-shape field, with a narrow area where the deer were tended to, and a wider part into which they were released for hunts. This is similar to royal deer parks found elsewhere in Europe, but we already know Llywelyn the Great moved his court to Criccieth around 1230, so it predates the overwhelming influence of Anglo-Norman society on Wales," said Mark Baker of Cardiff University.