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Castell Henllys



Long-running Dig Draws to an End

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A 24-year archaeological dig which has transformed Wales' view of the Iron Age is to be wound up.
...secret stashes of sophisticated artefacts such as querns for grinding corn, spindle whorls for weaving, brooches, spear heads and horse harnesses [were found, and] painstaking sifting at the student training ground each summer has also unearthed several high-class Roman-style goods. This year 50 students led by Harold Mytum, of York University, have already found an almost perfectly preserved fifth-century-BC bowl, as well as glass beads.

"To me this site is very important," said Dr Mytum yesterday. "It's the only example of this sort of fort that's been excavated very extensively. It's revealed that they are very much more complicated in their design and construction than people thought.

"In Britain it's up there with two or three other major Iron Age sites people know about such as Danebury in Hampshire. Although it was on the fringes, excavations show that it was not out of touch with the rest of the country. It's made important changes to our perceptions of Iron Age Britain. It was on coastal trading routes and not perceived as a marginal area."
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
5th August 2004ce
Edited 11th October 2004ce

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