Archaeologists will be looking to unearth some history at a Chirk tourist attraction in the coming weeks.

Clwyd Powys Archological Trust (CPAT) will be excavating areas on the grounds of Chirk Castle in an attempt to find out more about the history of the Offa’s Dyke path which runs through the region.

The group is hoping to pick up from where it left off at last year’s dig at the castle as it looks to find out more about the origin of the path.

Ian Grant of CPAT is leading the dig, and hopes it will be as successful as it was last year.

“Last year was very successful,” he said.

“We were very fortunate to find remnants there for future dating, so it was a great result.

“We found a good section of ditch at Chirk Castle and plenty of material for dating, so this year we will be focusing on the same areas of banks and ditches as we look for more materials.

“It’s a very well-rounded project – it involves all different types of archaeology, looking at the woods behind the castle, trenches and Offa’s Dyke itself.”

The group also went to Erddig Hall’s ground last year to do a similar dig to discover more about Wat’s Dyke, another National Trust site.

Ian hopes the group is able to unearth history surrounding the path which crosses the Chirk site, to break through the enigma surrounding it.

He added: “The dig is all part of the Linear Earthworks Project.

“Part funded by Cadw, National Trust, Dee Valley and Clwydian Range, we hope to unravel the earthworks of Offa’s and Wat’s dykes, which are both very enigmatic.

“The main aims are to unearth materials for dating and find out information which might reveal more about the construction and who might have been responsible for building them.

“There is a great deal of interest nationally to find out the answers to those questions.

“It had been years until someone excavated part of Offa’s Dyke like we did here last year.

“Offa’s Dyke is a national monument of extreme importance, so it is again an opportunity to get to grips with putting more scientific facts to this piece of history.

“The fact it crosses the landscape of Chirk is a huge part of the area’s history which is very important to the region.”

The archaeological dig will take place at Chirk Castle between Monday, June 10 and continue for two weeks.

An open day on Sunday, June 16 will give people a chance to find out more about the dig. For more information call 01691 777701.