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Archaeologists expect to reveal human remains

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Screen Shot 2016-05-16 at 10.58.47DYFED ARCHAEOLOGICAL Trust are expecting to uncover even more human remains when they do a final dig at the site of an early medieval chapel in Whitesands Bay’s dunes.

Archaeologists have already carried out two excavations at the site of St Patrick’s Chapel on the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park beach, and they expect to reveal more about people living in Wales 1,000 years ago during their final dig.

Almost 50 skeletons dating to the seventh and eleventh centuries have been uncovered. Many were in ‘cist’ graves – long graves lined with stone slabs. Child graves were also found, decorated with layers of quartz pebbles and limpet shells.

This May, Dyfed Archaeological Trust will be excavating again and will conduct free tours every day from May 9-27. National Park Rangers and Voluntary Wardens will help to prepare the site by removing turf and sand.

Ken Murphy, of Dyfed Archaeological Trust, said that bone preservation in the first two digs had been very good and that a significant find was a stone cross standing at the end of one of the graves – the first time in Britain that an upright stone cross had been found in association with a long cist grave.

He added: “Bone analysis by the University of Sheffield will provide information on the diet of the people who are buried at St Patrick’s Chapel, and even on where they were born. The results of the excavation will greatly advance our knowledge of the lives and the beliefs of the people who lived in Wales over 1,000 years ago.”

The excavations are funded by Cadw (Welsh Government), the Nineveh Charitable Trust and the University of Sheffield, and supported by Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority.

The chapel, from where St Patrick is said to have set sail for Ireland in the 5th century AD, was a ruin over 400 years ago but its location has never been forgotten and graves with human remains have regularly been exposed by storms.

Phil Bennett, the National Park Authority’s Culture and Heritage Manager, said: “We placed boulders against the site of the chapel to halt erosion 12 years ago, but they were washed away in the winter storms of 2014, exposing more burials. So we then decided to excavate the parts of the site most vulnerable to erosion and the aim of these digs is to ensure no more archaeology will be at risk for the next 50 years.”

The daily dig tours are free and no booking is necessary. The chapel site lies 50m from the car park at Whitesands Bay. On the weekends of May 14-15 and 21-22, there will be longer guided tours to include a visit to the archaeological remains on nearby St David’s Head.

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A40 closed at Scleddau due to collision between car and motorbike

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EMERGENCY SERVICES have shut the A40 at in Scleddau due to a serious road collision.

The accident happened just before 2pm. The Herald understands that the collision involved a motorcycle and car at a junction near The Gate Inn public house.

Police said: “Emergency services are currently on scene and dealing with the incident. Please find an alternative route if possible. Update to follow.”

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Moley’s Ambassador March to support those who have lost a child

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ON SATURDAY (Jun 19), Andrew Cole (aka Moley) will set off on a 24 hour walk around Pembrokeshire with the aim of doing as many miles in as little time as possible. 

Moley is proud to have recently been made ambassador of the charity ‘2 Wish UponAa Star’ an organisation dedicated to supporting families that have lost a child under 25 years of age.

He will be setting off at 6am in the morning from Neyland and walking all day and night, finishing at 6am the following morning.

2 wish upon a star was set up by Rhian Mannings, who set up the charity after losing her own son.

By celebrating the lives of those lost, and offering support to families through their grief; Rhian and her team offer an essential service to the community and those families who have suffered the devastation of losing a loved one.

Appealing for support from the people of Pembrokeshire he said: “Please give generously to support the wonderful work of Rhian and her team. Also, if you happen to see me in the day, feel free to give me a beep of encouragement’

“If you would like to donate to Moley, and support the charity, you can visit his JustGiving page.”

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/moleycole

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Lifeboats and chopper in major air sea rescue off the coast of Tenby

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TWO RNLI lifeboats from both Tenby and Angle stations have been launched to assist a coastguard helicopter which has been scrambled from MOD St Athen.

It is understood that a search for a missing person or persons is underway.

Paged this morning: Angle Lifeboat is currently involved in the search south of Tenby

The alarm was raised before 10am this morning (June 18).

Tenby’s Y-boat is also involved in the operation, The Herald understands.

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Rescue underway: Coastguard chopper position at 1030HRS on Friday, Jun 18 (Pic MarineTraffic)
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