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Archaeology Day School. Pembrokeshire
The origins of the Stonehenge bluestones to the latest archaeological developments are heading up this year?s Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority organised Archaeology Day School.

The annual event is being held at the Merlin Theatre in Pembrokeshire College on Saturday November 17th and those attending will be sure to enjoy the five talks and question times organised over the course of what should be a very informative day.

Event organiser and National Park Archaeologist Pete Crane, who will also be a presenter at the event, said: ?As always, this promises to be a hot ticket event, with a rich variety of incredibly knowledgeable speakers bringing their work to life.?

One of the highlights will be a talk by guest lecturer Professor Mike Parker-Pearson of University College London who is leading a project involving several UK universities looking into how bluestones from the Preseli Hills became construction material for the site of Stonehenge 5,000 years ago.

Culture and Heritage Manager Phil Bennett said: ?This is a very exciting project with geologists and archaeologists working together to solve some of the mysteries surrounding Stonehenge."

Louise Barker and Toby Driver of the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales will be sharing the findings of their latest survey, recording and discovery on Skomer Island, with National Park Woodlands Officer Celia Thomas presenting ancient and modern woodlands.

Other speakers include Roger Thomas talking about the 19th century fortification of Pembrokeshire and Tom Pert talking about online access to RCAHM, which is the investigation body and national archive for the historic environment of Wales. The local community aspect of the event is being organised by PLANED?s Heritage Officer, Bethany Lloyd, bringing together local groups to display their work and projects from around the county.

Bethany said: ?There are still a few places available for stallholders, so if you are a community group and interested in hosting a small display, please get in touch with me on 01834 862105 or visit for further details?.

This is a very popular and well-attended annual event and, as in previous years, there will be updates on the latest archaeological research as well as opportunities for questions and discussion.

Places must be booked in advance, and cost ?12, including a light lunch and morning and afternoon coffee.

Registration starts at 9.30am and the day finishes at about 4pm. For booking information go to or call 01437 720392.

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