The Festival of Archaeology 2015 Lookbook

The Festival of Archaeology Roadshow rumbles into the distance for another year!

But, weep not, you can re-live all GGAT’s archaeology fueled Outreach events through our FoA Lookbook.  Here you can look back at a selection of photos from our many and varied events, helping you to keep warm until next years FoA rolls into town once more.

GeoFest 2015 Festival Family Fun-day

Stuck for things to do with the kids today? GGAT are at the GeoFest 2015 Festival Family Fun-day at Craig-y-nos Country Park in the upper Swansea Valley.
Plenty of activities for young and old including zip wire, woodworking, crafts, geology and wildlife displays. Refreshments available on site.
Wednesday 27th May 10am – 4.30pm
Venue: Craig-y-nos Country Park, Upper Swansea Valley SA9 1GL
Cost: Free – but there is a charge for car parking (pay-and-display)
Further info: phone the NPVC on 01874 623366
Dogs: well-behaved dogs welcome!

The Big Welsh Walk – Cyfarthfa Ironworks and its Landscape

As part of the Big Welsh Walk campaign, GGAT will be carrying out a circular tour to look at the ironworks, its water management and transport systems, as well as some of the places where the people associated with it lived. No dark Satanic mills here now – most of our walk follows the Taff Trail through beautiful scenery at the edge of the Brecon Beacons.

Distance: 7km

Duration: 3.5 hours

Dates: 23 May 2015

Times: 10.00am – 1.30pm (approx)

Start/Parking: In front of Cyfarthfa Castle main entrance

Be sure that you have stout footwear and suitable clothing. Please follow the Countryside Code: http://www.countrysidecodewales.org.uk

To book a place on the walk and for more information, contact Dr Edith Evans
edith@ggat.org.uk, or phone 01792 634227
.
Places are limited to 30 on this walk.

Big Welsh Walk – Gelligaer Common

As part of the Big Welsh Walk campaign, GGAT will be carrying out a circular walk around Pen Garnbugail on Gelligaer Common. Learn all the fantastic archaeology of this upland site as we visit Bronze Age cairns, a Roman road, an early Christian monument and medieval house sites.

Distance: 5km

Time: 2.5 hours

Dates

16 May 2015

Times
2.00pm – 4.30pm

Start/Parking: Car parking area at SO 10506 03095, off the road between Fochriw and Bedlinog

Be sure that you have stout footwear and suitable clothing. Please follow the Countryside Code: www.countrysidecodewales.org.uk

To book a place on the walk and for more information, contact Dr Edith Evans
edith@ggat.org.uk, or phone 01792 634227

Places are limited to 30 on this walk.

A Sad Farewell

Friday saw us wave a tearful goodbye to Leonora Goldsmith as she starts her new job as HER Manager at North Yorkshire Council.
Leonora began working for the Trust in 2008, as a Field Archaeologist, before specialising in the undertaking of desk-based assessments, project designs, written schemes of investigations, building recording surveys and excavation/post-excavation. In 2013 Leonora undertook the role of Acting Historic Environment Records Manager to cover maternity leave. In addition to his she also ran the Access to Archaeology Community program, training volunteers in the use of HER software, to enhance the HER with information from grey literature reports. Both roles Leonora excelled in!
Everyone at the Trust and all the A2A volunteers wish you every success in your new job The HER will not be the same without you and your bubbly personality and cheerful good humor.

From Forests to Firing Range

GGAT are currently looking for volunteers to help with a project on the north Gower coast.

The project will be focusing on two primary targets that were identified by the Arfordir project  as needing further work.  These being:

the Burry Inlet Artillery Range

the prehistoric forest and peat levels at Whitford Point.

If you’d like to be involved in this project or would like more information, please contact Paul W Huckfield outreach@ggat.org.uk or call 01792 655208 (ext 3).

Discover the Legacy of the First World War in Wales 1914-1919

The First Wotitlerld War was an overwhelming event which had widespread effects across Wales – no area was left untouched as the whole country geared up to contribute to the war effort   

One hundred years on the generation that witnessed it has almost gone, and what we are left with are the physical remains – buildings, landscapes and artefacts.  Archaeology has an important role to play in understanding and remembering this global conflict.  The Welsh Archaeological Trusts, grant aided by Cadw, are focusing on the First World War over the next few years to coincide with the centenary of the war.

Over the subsequent years GGAT will be looking at the following five themes:

  • The Sinews of War – Industry/manufacturing
  • The Call to Arms – The militarised landscape
  • Casualties of War – Hospitals and welfare facilities
  • Defence of the Realm – Coastal defences and port facilities
  • Their Names Liveth for Evermore – Commemoration and remembrance

There will be opportunities to get involved, visit sites and help in the research and recording.

To learn more visit the Legacy of the First World War website

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