Castell Dinas Emrys

Overview
A ruined tower set within an enclosure dating back to prehistoric times and wrapped in Arthurian legend.  Defending the slopes of Snowdon the fortress tops a small hill overlooking the fast flowing Afon Gwynant.
History
The booklet on this castle includes a discussion of the early Norman invasions of North Wales during the reign of William the Conqueror and the campaigns of Gruffydd ap Cynan (d.1137) which led to the eventual liberation of Gwynedd in the reign of King Henry I.  From this a conclusion is reached that the castle may have been the work of either Robert Rhuddlan (d.1093) or Earl Hugh of Chester (d.1101) in the late eleventh century rather than a later Welsh foundation. The castle and its siting is also mentioned in Harlech Castle and its True Origins.
Genealogy
The families of Rhuddlan, the earls of Chester and Gruffydd ap Cynan are discussed.
Archaeology
The castle remains are examined in detail and the results of the two excavations which occurred on the site last century are analysed.  Also examined are some of the prehistoric defences which included a long causeway entrance.  The shattered ruins of the keep, a ditch, a natural mound, a curtain wall and tower seem to make up the main Medieval defences.


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