– With a population of over 10,000 people, the lost city of Trellech was once the largest settlement in medieval Wales.
Archaeologists have tried to locate this ancient city for hundreds of years. Now, an amateur archaeologist says he has discovered the legendary Medieval town.
Stuart Wilson, an archaeology graduate has a passion for ancient history. Together with a group of volunteers, he has spent 15 years trying to locate the long lost Medieval city and it looks like all efforts are finally paying off.
The story started more or less in 2002 when Stuart Wilson was working in a toll booth. Wilsom learned that a farmer had found pieces of ancient pottery in molehills. Wilson decided to investigate and soon he unearthed what he believed was the remains of an ancient wall.
Wilson started to save money and when the land next came up for sale for £32,000, he bought it.
“People thought I was mad and really I should have bought a house rather than a field,” Wilson, who was in his early 20s at the time, told the Guardian. “But it turned out to be the best decision of my life. I don’t regret it at all.”
It did not take long before he gave up his job and focused all his time and attention on excavating the site.
Over the years, with the help of about 1,000 people several intriguing discoveries were brought to light.
Wilson and his team have found a manor house, thought to have included two halls and a courtyard. They also unearthed a well that contained pieces of wood, bone and leather. Other features discovered include parts of jugs, cooking vessels, fireplaces and drains.
All these discoveries can be linked to the legendary lost city of Trellech, Wilson thinks.
According to Wilson the Medieval city was once home to about 10,000 people, perhaps a quarter of the size of London’s population at the time.
The settlement was founded by a family called De Clare in the 13th century to manufacture weapons, armor and other military equipment. The city did not last long as a major center. It was attacked by enemies of the De Clares, English and Welsh forces and ravaged by disease. In later centuries fighters led by the famous Welsh warrior leader Owain Glyndwr targeted Trellech and it fell into ruin.
Wilson, who lives in a converted toilet block in Chepstow, believes that unearthing the city of Trellech will be his life’s work. “I think we’ve only found 0.1% of it,” he said.
Anyone who is interested in finding our more about the lost city of Trellech can get involved in the project.