Archaeology

Archaeology is the study of people in the past, through the remains they leave behind. These remains can be almost anything – from burials and weapons to bits of broken pot, stone tools or World War II defences.

Some of these remains, like the Iron Age promontory forts which line the coast of the National Park, are very substantial, and form distinctive landscape features even today.

At the other end of the scale are the scatters of tiny flint pieces which mark out where prehistoric people made their tools and sat around their campfires.

All of these different types of archaeology contribute to the historic environment of the National Park.

The historic environment is part of what makes the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park such a special place. People have lived and worked in the Park for thousands of years, and have shaped the way it looks today.

The National Park Authority has a duty to take care of the special qualities of the Park, and that includes its archaeology. We aim to understand the Park’s history, to protect it and to help people to enjoy it.

We do this in a variety of ways. Our Community Archaeologist and our Building Conservation Officer are on hand to offer advice to people working with historic sites and features.

We try to encourage people to enjoy their archaeological heritage – through specially themed walks as part of the activities and events programme, volunteering and through managing Carew Castle and Tidal Mill and Castell Henllys Iron Age Village.

The National Park also has a continuing programme of work investigating the Park’s history and archaeology.

Archaeology Day 2022 - Tickets on-sale!

The annual Archaeology Day event will return on Saturday 5 November 2022 with a range of speakers discussing archaeological projects in Pembrokeshire.

The event will be held at Pembrokeshire College with people able to attend in person or watch online.

Click the link to book tickets to attend in-person.

Click the link to book tickets to view the event online.

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The speakers and subjects covered at this year’s event will include:

  • Dr Julian Whitewright on marine archaeology in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.
  • Fran Murphy on the recent excavations at Porth-y-Rhaw promontory fort, near Solva.
  • Luke Jenkins on discoveries as a result of excavations associated with the A40 development, including previously unknown Neolithic and Bronze Age ritual landscapes.
  • Dr Rob Dennis on the discoveries from the recent excavation at Wogan’s Cavern, beneath Pembroke Castle.
  • Tomos Jones on a volunteer project monitoring accessible scheduled monuments in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.

In the meantime, you can enjoy content from the 2020 and 2021 Archaeology Days by visiting the Archaeology Day YouTube Channel.

If you would like to exhibit at the event or have other enquiries please get in touch by emailing archaeology@pembrokeshirecoast.org.uk.

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