Caerwent: Guidebooks

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Caerwent © David Gill

The Roman town of Venta Silurum at Caerwent, Wales, has impressive walls as well as the excavated remains of some the public buildings.

The original Ministry guidebook was prepared by Oswin E. Craster. It follows the standard format of History and Description, with a foldout plan inside the back cover. The later editions contained a reconstruction of the town by Alan Sorrell.

Caerwent
(1951) [1970]
This was replaced by a Cadw guide by Richard J. Brewer. This contained a history followed by a tour guide. There is a foldout plan inside the back card cover. There are numerous colour illustrations including finds from the site.

 

Caerwent
1993

A second edition of the guide, in larger format, was published in 1997.

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1993 (2nd ed. 1997)

A third edition in a yet larger format appeared in 2006. This contains details of recent excavations at the site.

The new guide also included a section on the nearby Llanmelin Wood Hillfort.

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1993 (2nd ed. 1996; 3rd ed. 2006)

Maiden Castle

(1980)
(1980)

Sir Mortimer Wheeler wrote the Ministry of Works guide to Maiden Castle in 1951. This was replaced by a ‘blue’ DOE guide in 1972, with the 4th impression published in 1980 (for 60 p). [There is an unexpected typographical error on the imprint page, as the first date of publication is given as ‘1792’!]

Wheeler, who excavated the site, structured the guide with the following themes:

  • Neolithic Village
  • Bank-barrow and its burial
  • Bronze Age hiatus
  • First Maiden Caste of the Iron Age
  • Later Maiden Castle
  • Eve of the Roman Invasion
  • Battle at the East Gate
  • Romano-British Temple

There is a foldout plan at the back.

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