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April Evans – Work Experience Student

April Evans – Work Experience Dwr Y Felin Comprehensive School

In two weeks at the GGAT I have learnt a lot, I didn’t realise that there was so much in archaeology. It’s interesting and enjoyable. I became very interested in archaeology when I saw GGAT excavating next to my school. On the first day of my work experience I was welcomed by everyone that works here, everyone makes you feel comfortable and at ease, they are always willing to help out even when they are very busy. On my first day I was taken down to Neath Abbey Ruins to help Natasha Scullion and Edith Evans clean old tiles ready for the open day. Ffion Reynolds from Cadw and Natasha told me a little about the history of Neath Abbey Ruins, I also found out that Neath is a very good place for archaeology. Throughout the first week I helped Martin Tuck fill in databases, that included information form finds at the Dwr Y Felin site, when doing this I realised that there is a lot of history in Neath. Martin also took time to show me some books about Neath and the Dwr Y Felin site.

Every opportunity of going out and visiting somewhere, they were willing to take me with them. I helped pack stuff up ready for Swansea museum open day and we went down to the museum to set up. On the second week of work experience I went with Edith and Natasha to see Time Team excavating copper works at White Rock, its amazing how much they manage to excavate in 3 days.

I helped Paul Huckfield and Natasha prepare for Swansea museum open day by photocopying and laminating posters.  Paul also taught me how to use Adobe Illustrator and I designed the inside of a leaflet with information about the children’s activities that GGAT offer.. In my spare time I had a chance to look at some of the records, to find out the history of where I live, I also looked at some books from the library and saw pictures of Neath Port Talbot from years ago.

Kimberley Dowding showed me some of the finds from different places in South Wales, including a human skull, Roman pottery such as samian ware, amphorae which was used for storage vessels, mortaria used for grinding bowls and medieval pottery such as glazed ware and coarse pottery, and I saw some Roman melon beads that were used as jewellery which are about 1700-2000 years old. Charina Jones the Historic Environment Record Manager showed me what she does everyday using the GIS (Geographical Information System), Charina also showed me how to use the GIS and let me put on the areas of excavation for the Dwr Y Felin site.

Work experience at GGAT has given me a good understanding of the world of work and I have learnt of the importance of key skills, I now have a much clearer idea of what I need to achieve to be able to (hopefully) work here in future.

The atmosphere everybody creates is great. Everyone is kind, helpful, friendly and happy all the time. I have really enjoyed my time here and would love to come back to volunteer and maybe even work here in future.

Nephi Anderton – Work Experience Student and Volunteer

I first came to Glamorgan Gwent Archaeological Trust (GGAT) near the end of year 10 (first year of my GCSEs). Due to a mix up (at my schools end of organization) I thought that they were looking for a computer aided designer (CAD) when in fact they wanted an archaeologist. The Trust was very helpful for me as they learned about my skill with computers, and used it to their full advantage.

Image showing 3D Model of the Salt House, Port Eynon, Gower

3D Model of the Salt House, Port Eynon, Gower

Some of the activities that I did are as follows: I created a flyer for the Oystermouth Castle Community Dig; created a certificate for the children who attended the above named event in two different styles; created a project on the history of my house and my local area; and imported the National Trust boundaries for the Trust to use, as they need to know what finds come from where. I ended my 2 weeks of work experience doing finds washing, the only thing I didn’t do on a computer!

After my GCSEs I returned to the Trust for 3 weeks doing voluntary work. Again I did computer-based jobs, this time doing Conservation Area boundaries; I then did some converting and quality improving for several site record drawings, they took ages but I got them done (eventually); then I created signs for the open day in Swansea Museum; my final computer based job was creating a 3d version of their reconstruction drawing of the salt house in Port Eynon. I then did some mass scanning of the drawings that the children did at the open day. My final job was cleaning the Anglo Saxon wall piece that the children put together (one of the many activities at the open day).

During both visits I felt very welcome and I’m sure that they found me very helpful. Whether you have plans for archaeology or if it’s just a slight interest I would strongly recommend coming here for your work experience, as whenever I had a doubt about a job I was given they were happy to help and it is great fun!

Nephi Anderton

Work Experience GGAT Style

Photograph showing work experience placement students with Dr Edith Evans (GGAT) on Llanmadoc Hill, Gower

Work Experience Students visit, Llanmadoc Hill, Gower

Throughout June and July a number of students will (and have been) with us for their work experience placement. So far Marissa, Dylan and Nephi have undertaken field visits to archaeological sites, explored where they live on historic maps and using Archwilio, designed posters, digitised Conservation Areas, dealt with Roman and Medieval finds, promoted GGAT’s Open Day and much more. The students work with staff throughout the Trust to gain an insight into the many activities and operations of a company such as GGAT from traditional archaeological processes to more technical work with a range of IT software. Every summer we have a number of students here, so book your place now to avoid disappointment! If you have a particular project in mind, just let us know.

Read some student testimonials online on our main website.