The most important book in years on the history of Pembrokeshire has been published.

Volume I of the Pembrokeshire County History series entitled ‘Prehistoric, Roman and Early Medieval Pembrokeshire’ was launched at Pembrokeshire College on Saturday, November 26, to coincide with the annual Archaeology Day.

The work includes chapters on Palaeolithic and Mesolithic hunter-gatherers, the Neolithic and Bronze Age and Roman and Early Medieval Pembrokeshire.

The authors are all experts in their fields and include Elizabeth Walker, Timothy Darvill, Geoff Wainwright, Ken Murphy and Heather James.

The book is superbly produced, hard back and consists of 552 pages including coloured illustrations and high-quality maps.

It has been published by the Pembrokeshire County History Trust which was established in 1974 to produce a complete history of the county.

Although it is Volume I, the book is also the last in the series since Volumes II, III and IV covering the period 1093-1974 have already appeared.

Trust Chairman, Dr Simon Hancock said: “This is a high quality volume in terms of both content and presentation and there is sure to be keen demand from anyone interested in the early history of Pembrokeshire whether local residents or the archaeology departments of universities across the country.

“So many people have worked so hard to make the volume a reality. I and my fellow trustees are most grateful to them.”