Experts began to unearth the secrets of Nevern Castle as exciting ancient artefacts were discovered last week.

Clues to life at the site during the 12th century emerged during the dig, and pottery, a board game and counter, and a passageway were among the finds.

The two week excavation, organised by Nevern Community Council and the National Park, was led by Dr Chris Caple, senior lecturer at Durham University's archaeology department, who was joined by a team of five helpers.

Locals gathered at the site on Thursday evening for an introduction to the team's work, and a tour of the two trenches dug during the project.

Dr Caple said: "It's been a good two weeks, and the team have worked really hard. Community involvement is very important, and I hope there will be more opportunities for local people to get involved in the future."

He added: "We hope there will be plenty more digs here, as there is plenty more to find.

"We want to return next year, it's just a question of funds."

Dr Caple said evidence found at the site suggested that the castle had been deliberately destroyed for military reasons, and added that further excavation would answer more questions and build up a better picture of the buildings layout.

The trenches will now be covered up to protect the finds, and the pottery will be sent for analysis.

The discoveries led to calls for a place to exhibit pieces within the local area.

County Councillor Liz Campion said: "I will investigate the possibility of keeping artefacts in Nevern, or as near to the village as possible, and will raise it with the county council."