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.
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
firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone 01792 634227
Places are limited to 30 on this walk.
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
The 2014 GGAT Half Year Review is online now. Learn all about the Cadw funded projects the Trust carried out during 2013-14. http://t.co/v8Xwg7E2kp
The impressive remains at Neath Abbey will once again resonate to the sounds of medieval life this coming Saturday 19th July, as Cadw’s annual Hands on Heritage event makes it’s welcome return to the site.
Showcasing a range of heritage skills, the event will bring the medieval period alive with sounds and smells and offers the chance for people to experience and explore a range of heritage crafts from stone masonry to wool-spinning and basket weaving, all set within this spectacular location.
Experts will be on hand to demonstrate skills stretching back to the Cisterian period in Wales, while visitors will be able to have a go at some themselves, thanks to hands-on activities.
There will also be activities for youngsters to get involved with too – from building a wattle-and-daub hurdle, making a medieval tile or stained glass panel to having a go at our mystery excavation activity!
Paul Huckfield, Arfordir Coastal Heritage project Co-ordinator and Rowena Hart, GGAT Projects, have been at Cwm Nash, Vale of Glamorgan this afternoon, filming with the BBC and ITV. They have been talking about the cemetery located on the cliff top there and the human remains that have been exposed and on show since the storm of 5th of January.
Human remains have been repeatedly exposed by erosion and recovered by GGAT over the last 20 years, the last being in 2012. Learn more. The remains have been carbon dated and all date from the post-medieval period.
This latest discovery is mainly thanks to Mr Morgan for his swift action in recovering the remains before they were lost to the sea.
The Trust have a Ministry of Justice license to excavate the rest, and the landowner’s permission, and are seeking grant support from Cadw to enable us to do so.
Everybody at GGAT would like to wish Neil Maylan good luck on his 12 month secondment as Senior Archaeological Planning Officer at Cadw/WG. While Neil is away Judith Doyle will be taking over as Acting Archaeological Planning Manager, so a big congratulations to her too!
Towards the end of Summer 2011, the Glamorgan-Gwent Archaeological Trust, funded by Cadw, recovered the remains of a single burial that had been eroding out of the cliff edge at Cwm Nash, Monknash, Vale of Glamorgan. These had been spotted by a member of the public who alerted the Trust to their presence. Below is an account of the recovery and analysis of the remains by Fay Bowen, who was part of the team that carried out the the fieldwork.
The day started out as rather pleasant and sunny, if a little bit chilly. There were three of us from GGAT, namely Rob Dunn, Paul Huckfield and I. Very kindly, John a regular volunteer at the Trust, came along to make sure no passers by were endangered by the excavation or any falling material. We arrived at the car park and nervously waited for our High Ropes instructor Richard Hamilton to arrive. We gathered our equipment, including a ladder and harnesses and walked down to the beach to find the bones that were eroding out of the cliff edge. It was at this point that we realised exactly just how high up they were, right at the top of the 7m tall tufa cliff! For me in particular this was pretty daunting as I am rather frightened of heights.
We went back up to the top of the cliff and Richard put our minds at ease and explained exactly how safe it was going to be. So we donned our helmets and harnesses and Richard secured the rope into the top of the cliff. Richard and John then secured us to the ropes, allowing only enough length to go as far as we safely could, which was right at the cliff edge. Before the excavation began Rob bravely (if begrudgingly!) volunteered to take the pre-excavation photographs, which normally is just a little point and click, making sure the scale is correctly positioned. But this was somewhat different. He had to climb down over the edge of the cliff and lower himself onto the ladder that John securely held at the bottom. The top of the ladder was about 6ft below the cliff top, so this was no easy feat. I had my hands covering my eyes because the thought of doing such a thing really frightens me, but I did have a peep! He did a really good job and managed to position himself to take a few photos showing the bones and the grave cut. He could see that the grave had actually been dug into the tufa cliff.