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Professor Howard Williams is Professor of Archaeology at the University of Chester. Next week, he will feature in the BBC 4 documentary entitled: Beyond the Walls: In Search of the Celts, produced by Alleycats TV.

According to the programme’s blurb: ‘historian Dr Eleanor Barraclough will be travelling through some of Britain’s most beautiful landscapes – Hadrian’s Wall, the Lake District and Offa’s Dyke – in search of new evidence to reveal the true story of the mysterious ancient British tribes often called the Celts. According to the official history books, the Celts were defeated and pushed to the edges of Britain by waves of Roman and Anglo Saxon invaders. However, a growing body of evidence suggests this is not the full story.’

For his contribution to the programme, Professor Williams was filmed on location at the Pillar of Eliseg outside Llangollen, and at Offa’s Dyke near Ruabon, as well as looking across at Offa’s Dyke where it hits the River Dee at Ty Mawr Country Park in Cefn Mawr, outside Wrexham.

Professor Williams explains more: “The programme explores the conflicts and interactions between the Romans and, subsequently, the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms, with the Celtic (Brythonic)-speaking peoples of the island of Britain.

“I was being filmed to talk about the early medieval kingdoms of Britain, focusing on the relationship between the Britons and the Anglo-Saxons. To do this, I wanted to talk about the Pillar of Eliseg and Offa’s Dyke, and how they afford contrasting perspectives, one ‘Welsh’, one ‘Saxon’, on the Christian kingdoms of the Early Middle Ages. I was delighted to be able to talk about two monuments that should be regarded as key to the study of early medieval Britain, and yet which rarely feature on television documentaries.”

Beyond the Walls: In Search of the Celts will air on BBC 4 at 10pm on Tuesday December 4.

 

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