Archaeologists uncover remains of medieval castleApril 20th, 2008 - 12:05 pm ICT by admin
London, April 20 (ANI): A team of archaeologists has uncovered what seem to be the remains of a medieval castle in Maenclochog, UK.
According to a report in Western Telegraph, the dig was organized by PLANED, Cambria Archaeology and the National Park, and funded by the EU Transnational project.
The site of the castle is a car park in north Pembrokeshire, a village in Maenclochog.
The dig came about after documentary research, commissioned by the local community forum, identified the possibility of a castle existing on the site.
“The information had been passed down the generations by word of mouth but nobody knew if it was really there,” said PLANED’s Christian Donovan.
“The only way to find out was to dig,” she added.
So far, excavators have uncovered what look to be the outer walls of a medieval castle, as well as post holes, the hearth of a medieval house and fragments of medieval pottery.
The discovery of the stone walls, dating from the early middle ages has particularly been exciting for the archaeologists.
“I don’t think they expected to find that. It is looking as if it was a site for a medieval castle and possibly even a castle before that. We will know a lot more once the experts have had time to analyse the finds,” said Donovan.
They have also discovered the skeleton of a dog, which archaeologists think is likely to be a family pet dating from the Middle Ages.
“It looks like it was laid to rest carefully, which has lead the team to conclude that it was someone’s pet,” said Donovan.
Excavations at the site are continuing until September 30th. (ANI)
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