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Cilwendeg Shell House, Pembrokeshire 2003

An archaeological survey and excavation was undertaken at the 19th century Shell House at Cilwendeg, Boncath in Pembrokeshire, in August 2003. The project was intended to inform a programme of restoration being undertaken by the Temple Trust. A detailed survey was undertaken of the interior of the building,which includes a series of shell-decorated panels and a bone decorated floor. Large quantities of artefacts relating to the internal decoration were recovered from the excavation of a forecourt area. It seems likely that much of this material originated from the ceiling as well as from the wall panels. The forecourt was flanked by two large soil banks associated with rockeries comprising small quartz boulders. These banks were faced with further rows of quartz boulders. The excavation also investigated the character of the access path to the Shell House. The information from the survey and excavation has allowed some suggestions to be made about the possible appearance and character of the internal ceiling, the coloured glass used in the windows, the quantities of shells used in the wall panels and the external garden features.


Project Contact: Gwilym Hughes



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