Exciting excavations at Nevern Castle recently unearthed what is thought to be the largest group of 12th century buildings in Pembrokeshire.

The third season of excavations were directed by Dr Chris Caple from Durham University, supported by national park archaeologist Peter Crane.

The team also included students from Durham and Lampeter University and volunteers from Cardigan, Newport and Nevern.

Dr Caple said: “This season’s excavations enabled us to make good progress in revealing and understanding the structures of the 12th century occupation, two towers and three hall-like buildings. These constructions now appear to have been a highly desirable stone residence, a visible display of wealth and significant technical achievement.

“The recent excavation has revealed substantial evidence for buildings. On the inner castle the remains of a square stone tower have started to appear.

“Beside this tower was evidence of a lean-to structure against the castle’s perimeter wall.

“Elsewhere in the castle, the extent of what was probably the Great Hall was uncovered. It was built of stone and 22 metres long by eight metres wide and, given the width of the walls, was probably a two-storey building. This hall was constructed against another building, possibly a chapel or high class accommodation, to be investigated in the next phase of excavation.”

The project is run by Nevern Community Council, the National Park and Durham University, funded through Cadw, the Welsh Assembly and the park authority.

Also working on the project is Dyfed Archaeological Trust, with additional funding from Planed.

The excavation will continue until July 16th. Half-hour guided tours will take place at 2.45pm each day, except for Thursdays or in very poor weather.

anwen.humfrey@ westerntelegraph.co.uk