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21 August 2005
Ongoing excavation at Castell Henllys

Pembrokeshire (Wales) is one of the 'dig destinations' for archaeology students this summer. Dozens of students from all over the world are working in the county at a number of excavation sites, a major one being at Castell Henllys Iron Age Fort, which is owned and run by the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority.
     For over 25 years, students, led by Dr. Harold Mytum, of the University of York, have been returning to Castell Henllys to help unlock more of the secrets of this unique heritage site. Phil Bennett, archaeological heritage manager for the National Park, has worked closely with the York University team for many years. “Gradually the fascinating history of the site is pieced together from evidence recovered from the excavation which gives us an insight to life here over 2,000 years ago," he said. "The hillfort is brought to life using information based on the many discoveries made by archaeologists during the on-going dig which is now in its 26th year. This is the only Iron Age hillfort in Britain where roundhouses have been reconstructed on their original foundations," he added.
     Dozens of family events are taking place during the summer at Castell Henllys, bringing the past to life and finding out how our ancestors lived. "It is really nice to see children enjoying themselves and learning about the past in such a vibrant way," added Phil. "At events at Castell Henllys children dress up in Iron Age cloaks and experience daily life in prehistoric times. Older children can actually go and see how archaeological excavations work." Further details are available from Castell Henllys on 01239 891319 or by checking out the website www.castellhenllys.com

Source: Tenby Today (12 August 2005)

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