Excavations to begin on Henry VIII’s Welsh blockhouse

After his divorce from Catherine of Aragon, Henry VIII found himself feuding with France and forced to defend his seacoast. Archaeologists now plan to excavate one of the buildings thought to have been constructed for such defense: a blockhouse on the Angle Peninsula in Wales. (photo)

The blockhouse clings to an eroding cliff, making excavation perilous and urgent. Said National Park Authority Archaeologist Pete Crane, “This really is archaeology on the edge: we may have 50 Iron Age forts here in Pembrokeshire but we only have one of these Henry VIII blockhouses remaining – and probably not for much longer.”