June 5, 2016.
Castell Henllys is a recreated Iron Age village in the area that was inhabited by Celtic tribespeople over 2000 years ago.
The Iron Age village was entered through a gate. There were goats and pigs although they were in modern pens. The old fences would have looked more like this. Chives and camomile in the garden.The village looks over a pastoral landscape.Detail of a thatched roof within the Iron Age fort. Stinging nettles gathered for tea and soup just outside one of the huts.Inside this hut the women were prepping food. The nettle soup on the boil. The bedchamber. Wooden objects haven’t survived from this time so there was some decorative licence applied to the carving of this bench. A wooded area near the river contained some interesting art which, like the wood carving on the bench, I suppose to be educated guesses.Tree monster.Such an appealing face for a monster – he is constructed of something that looks like felt but must be more weatherproof – goat hair perhaps?
Unlike most places it appears that people were really big in the past.In the museum were displays of how they lived. Stone head in museum.
The museum also included this fantastical map by Margaret Jones from Mabinogion, a Celtic classic of magic and myths from medieval times (around 1200 AD), giving rise to the stories of Tolkien and later King Arthur and his court. Detail of our route on the Lonely Planet map of Pembrokeshire. The Castell Henllys was our first stop after leaving Cardigan on the top right of the map. More about our 2016 trip to Wales.