The words weaponry and warfare might colour your impression of the Iron Age in Britain as a particularly violent and warlike period, but in fact, it was not much different to other periods in the past in this respect.
Castell Henllys Iron Age Fort, which is owned and managed by the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority, will be showcasing weaponry and warfare in the Iron Age at two upcoming Prehistoric Fayres during the summer holidays on August 2nd and 16th.
Castell Henllys Manager Rhonwen Owen enthused: “It’s a time travelling experience sitting among our reconstructed Iron Age round houses and really being involved in how life really was in prehistoric Britain, which was as much about farming as fighting!
“The Fayres are a celebration of ancient crafts and traditions, with demonstrations, stalls and activities for all the family, storytelling, guided tours, bush-craft skills and refreshments.
“You can try your hand at basket making and metal working, watch a costumed worker using a pole lathe or browse stalls selling local crafts – there’s something for everyone.
“On August 2nd we have a special even featuring a Celtic warrior demonstrating his skills, with August 16th featuring flint knapping demonstrations.”
During the weaponry and warfare demonstration on August 2nd you can learn about warfare in the Iron Age and how our prehistoric ancestors made their weapons – swords to spears to shields. On August 16th you can watch a demonstration of flint knapping and, for a fee of £15, try your hand at making a tool or arrow head using this ancient technique (booking essential on 01239 891319).
The Prehistoric Fayres on August 2nd and 16th take place from 11am to 4pm and are included in the normal entry fee of £4.75 for adults, £3.50 for concessions, £12.75 for families.
Other events during the summer at Castell Henllys include Fighting and Farming, Crafty Little Celts and Myths and Mysteries. For a full list of events and activities log onto www.castellhenllys.com or pick up a copy of Coast to Coast.
Published 24 July 2012