Following the success of last year’s excavation at Oystermouth Castle, the Glamorgan-Gwent Archaeological Trust will be carrying out more work this summer with the support of Cadw, the Friends of Oystermouth Castle, the Gower Society, Swansea City Council and Swansea University. We will be opening up more of the ditch in front of the west gate tower, and digging two small trenches behind the castle to see whether this was the site of the outer bailey, an enclosure that would have housed buildings like stores and stables.
The excavation will start on 7th June and run for three weeks until 25th June. This will enable the contactors who will be carrying out repairs to the castle and constructing the new visitor centre to move in on 1st July.
We are looking for volunteers to come and work on the project. You could learn how to excavate, how to record what we discover, or how to deal with the objects that we find.
Just download and fill in the application forms and we will fit you into the programme. Volunteers will need to be 18+ to work on the site, but under-18s are welcome to join in the finds work.
If that sounds too strenuous, you are welcome to come and see what we find. Guided tours will be arranged throughout the dig so you can keep abreast of the discoveries.
Booking for places will start on 17th May and close on 31st May. You can download application forms from our website or ring the Trust office for a copy (01792 655208). Booking is essential if you would like to volunteer