Why do it?
“To get as close as you can get to touching, smelling and feeling the Medieval world”
The site is open from April until the end of October, 7 days a week. (Please book as soon as possible to arrange the date you want).
Archaeology days for 1 to 15 participants can be arranged. There is a reduction of £10pp for groups of 4+. Please get in touch to arrange this or if you have a group larger than 15.
Discovered a few years ago, the Lost City of Trellech lies in the heart of the Welsh countryside between the medieval market towns of Monmouth and Chepstow on the hills above the Wye valley. Once the largest city in Wales it now lies in fields just outside the village of Trellech. An industrial town producing iron principally for the De Clares army, it began life in 1245 A.D. and grew rapidly to become around ¼ the size of London. The death of the De Clares in 1314 weakened it and the subsequent effects of climate change, plague and war saw it decline further.
The present site is part of an ongoing excavation. Already the foundations of several houses,including one manor house with a round tower and well, have been discovered. All the buildings so far are built in stone and may have given the city its name of Trellech, ‘Tre’ meaning town and ‘llech’ meaning stone. Substantial remains exist which allow both the archaeologist and the visitor to gain a good idea of how things would have existed. Numerous finds have been uncovered and continue to do so. Discoveries have included a nearly complete pot over 600 years old, leather shoes, wooden objects, bronze buckles, including a buckle gilded in gold as well as numerous pieces of pots, iron and stone.
“It was a great day, thank you. My dad was very impressed with Stuart’s never-ending knowledge! And he found a lovely piece of old pottery to take away as a reminder of the day. Jasmin (July 2020)”
“We loved the Archaeological day on Wednesday - we’ll certainly recommend it. Thanks for organising and pass on our thanks to Stuart. Barry (July 2020)”
“It was really good the weather was fantastic and we really enjoyed the digging, finding bits of medieval pottery and bone and Stuart’s input into the day. Looking at the finds he had and guessing what they were at the end of the day was especially interesting. Phil & Naomi”
This is available to all age groups. No experience is necessary as all guidance is provided by on-site archaeologists.
Please call us to explain your individual situation when booking. Normally suitable for:
You’ll receive your own diggers pack which includes:
Please wear covered over shoes or boots and comfortable clothing you don’t mind getting dirty, suitable for the weather. It’s useful to bring gloves, drinks and sun protection is essential in the summer. We recommend that you bring a picnic lunch or visit the local pub at lunch time.
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