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Dig at Caerfai Promontory Fort

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Volunteers investigating the endangered Caerfai Promontory Fort on the scenic Pembrokeshire coast
Help DigVentures investigate an endangered prehistoric promontory fort on the scenic Pembrokeshire coast. (Credit: DigVentures)

The gorgeous, windswept coastline of St David’s peninsula in Pembrokeshire, Wales, is lined by the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path. Its dramatic natural beauty, sheer cliffs, and pristine coves hugged by white sand beaches draws people in for plenty of reasons.

But for history-lovers, this scenery is the breath-taking backdrop to something even more profound: a string of 12 ancient coastal forts which line these dramatic cliffs.

Marked by huge earthen banks, and rings of unnatural-looking defences, their construction dates back at least 2,500 years. Among the most impressive is Caerfai Camp, known as Penpleidiau in Welsh.

Beyond the stunning views, its sheer size, and its enduring air of mystery, there’s something else quite striking about this site: it’s at risk of falling into the sea.

Over the course of the dig, DigVentures will explore the ruins of Caerfai using a combination of excavation, geophysics, and topographical surveys. Their goal is to map out the full extent of the fort and its associated settlement, and learn as much about its story as we can – before it’s too late.

Want to help? Join DigVentures’ friendly team of archaeologists and you’ll learn everything you need to unearth brand new evidence about this fascinating piece of history.

You’ll learn how to excavate, interpret your discoveries and record them like a pro. There’ll also be plenty of opportunities to try additional archaeological skills. Most importantly, the things you discover will make a genuine contribution to our understanding of the past.


Location: Caerfai, Pembrokeshire
Region: Wales
Time period: Prehistoric
Accommodation provided: No
Level of experience required: No prior experience needed
Academic credit available: Not directly, but we can provide a letter of support which can be converted into credit by the institution
Extra on-excavation activities: Online events will be listed at https://digventures.com/calendar closer to the time – will include a Virtual Tour and at least one other talk/workshop. People can also support the dig as a Digital Crowdfunder and follow our process online (cost: £10-£75).
Age limit: Suitable for all ages with specific sessions suitable for children aged aged 12-16 (DigClub)
Dates: September 3-18
Cost: £120 – £1350
Contact name: DigVentures
Contact address: Witham Studios #5, Hall Street, Barnard Castle, County Durham, DL12 8JB
Contact telephone: +44 (0) 333 011 3990
Contact email: [email protected]
Website address: https://digventures.com
Social media:
Twitter – @TheDigVenturers
Instagram – @digventures
Facebook – @DigVentures

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