Saturday, October 30, 2010

Abergwyngregyn: Site of Welsh Princes Returns To History

From BBC News:
Excavations at Abergwyngregyn, near Bangor, unearthed the remains of a medieval hall dating back to the 14th century, the period when Llywelyn the Great and Llywelyn the Last were fighting for Welsh independence.

Experts will be on hand on Saturday to give guided tours of the site and there will be activities for children inspired by medieval games and puzzles.

Next month, the site, which is privately owned, will be returned to pasture.

The site will be open to visitors on Saturday, 30 October, between 10am and 4pm, with children's activities from noon.


Dr John Davies said...

The 'fourteenth century' stucture on the valley bottom at Abergwyngregyn, is POST EDWARDIAN CONQUEST. It is an undefended site in the middle of the village, near the mill and the smithy, with signs of 'industrial activity'.
David Longley (GAT archaeologist) announced on Wednesday that "THIS IS THE ROYAL HOME, THE HALL WHERE THE PRINCES AND PRINCESSES LIVED". He made the same announcement at the same place in 1994. Comedy sketch time? Not when large amounts of public money are involved.
The royal home as local people know, was on the promontory GARTH CELYN, on the opposite side of the river. It has massive defensive walls, and thirteenth century remains including a watchtower.
The archaeologists have spent OUR money looking in the wrong place.

Mair Evans said...

Aber Garth Celyn (now Abergwyngregyn).
Agree with the comments made by Dr John Davies. We thought that the money allocated was to be spent, looking for pre-conquest sites connected with the Welsh Princes.
This excavation is a total waste of public funds.
It begs the question why the archaeologists have totally ignored the site of the Welsh Llys on Garth Celyn.