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Archeology - Castell Henllys Iron Age Village

Archaeology is the study of humans in the past through the remains they leave behind. Walking into the roundhouses at Castell Henllys is like stepping back in time.

In the firelight you can make out looms, bread ovens, querns for grinding grain, shields and cloaks hung on walls and beds. Could it be that the owner has just stepped outside for a moment?

Fire burning inside a roundhouse at Castell Henllys

Luckily, through a long term archaeological excavation, we have enough clues to get a glimpse of life as it must have been for Iron Age people. With these clues we have built an Iron Age world for you to experience.

Archaeologists excavated Castell Henllys every summer between 1980 and 2008. They found a wide range of Celtic artefacts, as well as the post holes of the original roundhouses. Every discovery they made revealed a lot about how the Celts of Castell Henllys had lived.

Castell Henllys dig

The excavations were led by Dr Harold Mytum from the University of York. Many of the archaeologists were students, and Castell Henllys was the largest teaching dig in Europe at the time.

The archaeologists discovered that the fort was abandoned in the first century AD but they were unable to find out why but did uncover a small but prosperous settlement nearby which was occupied during the Roman Period.

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