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Pontefract Castle


A Brief History

Known as the ‘Key to the North’, Pontefract Castle was pivotal in the English Civil War

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How The Dig Began

Why we’re investigating the medieval gatehouse, and what it can tell us about the castle’s defences and life in the castle

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Watch Online

See what happens when the people of Pontefract join archaeologists in the trenches, and in the Finds Room

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Project Partners

The brilliant organisations and sponsors making the dig happen

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What's On

Get hands-on, or come for a tour

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See The Finds

All of our data, and all of discoveries, are available online for everyone to see

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Archaeology / In Your Hands