Tax rolls from the late 13th century indicate that nearly 400 buildings and plots of land once stood in Trellech — on a damp, landlocked hill.
“How in heaven’s name can you have a town of that size in a location as unlikely as Trellech?” Ray Howell, then an archaeology professor with the University of South Wales, said in an interview with BBC Radio in 2006.
The working theory: Ancient Trellech was an enormous weapons factory — funded by the lords of Glamorgan to make iron for the endless wars that shaped medieval Britain.
I don’t have much to say on it although one might imagine the amateurs aren’t doing the best archaeology. Interesting stuff though. Reminds me of an argument from Egypt about the definition of cities. See here for a bit on that I wrote.