Archaeology Day reveals county secrets

Western Telegraph: DIGGING DEEP: Archaeology Day visitors heard about the bluestone quarry that may have supplied Stonehenge with some of its stones. (3152498) DIGGING DEEP: Archaeology Day visitors heard about the bluestone quarry that may have supplied Stonehenge with some of its stones. (3152498)

The ninth annual Archaeology Day held recently by Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority revealed secrets from the past to more than 200 people.

The event, at the Merlin Theatre at Pembrokeshire College, featured a range of speakers with updates on archaeological news from Pembrokeshire in 2013.

Chaired by Dr Heather James, the day began with National Park Archaeologist Pete Crane presenting a round-up of community archaeological projects in the National Park, including excavations at Crugiau Cemmais and Nine Wells in partnership with Dyfed Archaeological Trust.

Other speakers included Dr Richard Bevins, who pinpointed one of the sites where the Stonehenge bluestones were taken from in Pembrokeshire; while Professor Mike Parker Pearson presented his thoughts about the people who moved the stones to Stonehenge.

Dr Chris Caple then told of how evil spirits were warded off at Nevern Castle, in the north of the National Park. Slates scratched with symbols were positioned in the castle gateway.

Phil Bennett, the National Park Authority’s Culture and Heritage Manager, said: “This year has proved a particularly exciting one and it was great to be able to bring together renowned experts to share the latest findings and theories with interested people from around the country.”

He added the day was a resounding success and has now become a leading event in Pembrokeshire.

The event concluded with James Meek of Dyfed Archaeological Trust giving an account of the first Roman Fort to be found in Pembrokeshire in Wiston.

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