Castell Henllys talk to unlock the secrets of Nevern Castle

Dr Chris Caple of the University of Durham will reveal the fascinating feudal history of Nevern Castle with a special talk at Castell Henllys Iron Age Village on Wednesday 17 June.

The talk titled Protect us from Evil: Excavations at Nevern Castle 2008-2014 will detail the history of the Castle and the finds made during archaeological digs led by Dr Caple, supported by Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority, Nevern Community Council and university students.

Dr Chris Caple of the University of Durham will reveal the fascinating feudal history of Nevern Castle with a special talk at Castell Henllys Iron Age Village on Wednesday 17 June.

Dr Chris Caple will outline the history of Nevern Castle and the result of eight seasons of excavations on the site at Castell Henllys on June 17.

Dr Caple said: “The talk will outline the history of the Castle and the result of eight seasons of excavations on the site, from the earliest earth and timber Castle constructed by Robert FitzMartin on the site in 1108 to the Castle controlled by Hywel Sais consumed by fire and partially demolished in 1195.                                               

“I will explore the role of the Castle in defending those inside in terms of the physical remains of the weapons and defences and the rare evidence we have uncovered of ‘spiritual’ defences.

“We found apotropaic symbols scratched onto slates in the entrance to the Castle, which were designed to ward off evil, the first time such evidence has ever been recovered from a Castle in Britain.”

We found apotropaic symbols scratched onto slates in the entrance to the Castle, which were designed to ward off evil, the first time such evidence has ever been recovered from a Castle in Britain.

The Castle’s turbulent past can be attributed to its strategic location, having changed hands on several occasions during the 12th century alone as the Welsh and Normans battled for supremacy in the area.

Nevern Community Council bought the Castle site in 1980 for the benefit of the local community and visitors and has worked with the National Park Authority to conserve and promote enjoyment of the site.

Dr Chris Caple’s talk Protect us from Evil: Excavations at Nevern Castle 2008-2014 will take place at Castell Henllys Iron Age Village at 7.30pm on Wednesday 17 June. Tickets are £3 and refreshments will be available.


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