ARCHAEOLOGISTS believe they have uncovered the most “logical” site for Henry VII to have been born.

The Dyfed Archaeological Trust started a two-week excavation of Pembroke castle earlier this month, hoping to find the birthplace of Henry Tudor.

The dig was organised by trust members, James Meek and Medieval castle expert Neil Ludlow as part of a wider investigation at the castle.

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Now that the dig has come to an end, the trust believes they have found the site, but said they will never be able to say for certain.

“This is where the interest lies, but it’s not something we will ever be able to prove beyond a shadow of a doubt,” said dig supervisor, James Meek.

“Once we have got all the research done on the pottery we will be able to see whether it came from the right period.

“If that building was there in the 1450s it would be logical for it to be the place [of Henry VII’s birth].

“It is definitely a high-status building, if it was standing there at the time then it is more likely that it is the building.”

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The building featured a spiral staircase and slab flooring, which Mr Meek said indicated its status.

He explained that buildings inside castle walls were normally built of timber and reserved for stables or blacksmiths, so it was rare to find a building like this.

“What makes this building so interesting, is that you don’t often get this high-status building built separately from the walls, it is very rare,” he said.

The trust now has to go through its findings, with the aim of having a report ready by Christmas.

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Mr Meek praised the castle staff and the dig volunteers for their help during the dig.

“The staff at the castle have been so helpful, the volunteers were excellent and the amount of interest from visitors was fantastic.

“We would love to come back in the future, but first we will have to ensure we have a proposal and set out aims for another dig.”