Nevern Castle 2009-10
Summer 2010 Excavation
Nevern Castle is one of Pembrokeshire’s best-kept secrets. This quiet and atmospheric site, lying less than 2 kms from Newport on Pembrokeshire’s north coast, played a key role in the 12th century wars between the Welsh princes and English invaders. The original defences of the site are, however, believed to be much earlier, built as part of an Iron Age fort over 2500 years ago. Between the Iron Age and the 12th century it is likely that Welsh princes established a court or 'llys' in the castle. If so, the castle may have been in continuous use for almost 2000 years.
Afterwards, the project will improve access to the site, and present Nevern Castle as somewhere to come to enjoy the atmosphere and appreciate the history.
It is planned to excavate a series of 5 trenches over the forthcoming seasons. These have been located in order to investigate specific areas within the castle and to address specific archaeological questions.
Trench A – located within the interior of the castle bailey - to investigate remains of wooden buildings identified in 2008.
Trench B - located within the interior of the castle bailey – to investigate the extent of a masonry building identified in 2008.
Trench D – located across the defensive ditch and possible course of the entrance roadway
Trench E – located at junction between the motte and the defensive bank – to investigate which came first the bank and ditch or the motte.
Trench F – located on the top of the motte – to reveal the nature of the masonry structure
For information about any of these options, call Duncan Schlee on 01558 825984 • Email
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