Community Archaeology Training Placement

Ever wanted to try your hand at geophysical survey?

Ever wanted to try your hand at geophysical survey or learn how a survey is undertaken? 
 GGAT will be undertaking a geophysical survey at the Paviland and Knave Iron Age promontory forts on Gower.

GGAT Project staff, Rowena Hart and Charley James-Martin along with our Arfordir Co-ordinator, Paul Huckfield will be at the Knave on 30th April and at Paviland on the 8th May from 10.30am until 4pm.

Parking will be available at the National Trust Offices at:

Volunteers needed

Recruitment is now in progress for the Access to Archaeology volunteer project.
The Glamorgan-Gwent Archaeological Trust are currently looking for volunteers for our new Access to Archaeology project (A2A).  This scheme aims to enhance the Historic Environment Record with information held within the pages of grey literature reports held within the HER. The results of the work you carry out will be made available to all on the Archwilio website (, helping to improve access and facilitate the role of archaeological planning and wider research in the archaeology of Southeast Wales.
  • You don’t need to have any previous archaeological experience, as we will teach you everything you need to know!
  • All we need from you is a minimum commitment of 10 days either as a single block or spread out at a time convenient for you.
 If you, or anyone you know may be interested in this project just download a volunteer pack here or visit the Access to Archaeology site.
 If your interested you could also help us to promote the project and information leaflets can be downloaded from the A2A site (if you would like us to send you printed copies then please contact us at
Volunteer working in the HER at GGAT

Introduction to Graveyard Investigation-St Donats Churchyard

On a misty Saturday morning people were gathering at St Donats church ready to take part in a free training course.

Natasha explaining the changing churchyard

The Introduction to Graveyard Recording training session began on Saturday 10th March in St Donats Church itself with a presentation looking at history and development of churchyards and cemeteries and the changing designs of gravestones focusing on the significance of different iconographies and the meanings behind them.

This sparked excited discussion, which was very interesting; some of the course attendees were clergy and churchwardens so there were plenty of examples to share!

After a break for lunch everyone headed out into the churchyard to view the whole area and discuss some of the more interesting graves. Once we’d all had a look we began setting up the plane table surveying points showing the attendees how to conduct a survey in order to create their own-scaled map of the graveyard. We followed this with going through an in depth recording form and how to fill it out to ensure we had gathered as much information as possible for each gravestone including style, inscription and iconography.

Menna explaining the process of plane table recording to the course attendees

This was the second of two courses run by the Council for British Archaeology’s (CBA) Community Archaeology Training Placement (CATP)  bursary holders based at GGAT and Dyfed Archaeological Trust.

The courses have been very successful with everyone commenting how interesting and useful they have been, helping to provide more training and incentive for groups interested in recording their own churchyards.

The course has been funded through the CBA’s Community Archaeology Bursaries project with specific funding kindly provided by Cadw. This has meant that all the recording equipment bought for the session are now available to borrow from the GGAT and Dyfed Offices for any group interested in conducting their own graveyard investigation.

People interested in borrowing the kit should get in contact with their local trust and ask for the community archaeologist.

Volunteers trying out their newly-learned plane tabling skills

Natasha Scullion – 01792634236,  email


Menna Bell – 01558825997, email M.Bell@DYFEDARCHAEOLOGY.ORG.UK

Introduction to Graveyard Investigation- St Telio’s Course

On Saturday 3rd March people assembled in the Dyfed Archaeological Trust offices in Llandelio in order to learn more about graveyard investigation and survey in a free training session made possible by the Council for British Archaeology (CBA) with funding from Cadw.

The first half of the day comprised of presentations detailing the history and evolution of graveyards and their changing style of memorials, followed by examples of the types of survey recording work that have already been carried out.

Menna showing her group how to use the plane table despite the rain!

After a break for lunch the course attendees led by the CBA Community Archaeology Training Placement (CATP) holders from Dyfed Archaeological Trust and GGAT headed to St Telio’s Church to start the practical session of the course

The group were split into two halves, one being taken by Menna Bell (Dyfed’s CATP) to be trained in plane table survey whilst the others were taken by Natasha Scullion (GGAT’s CATP)  to look at general graveyard recording methods and how to focus on features of individual gravestones.

The day proved very popular with the group who bravely withstood the elements in order to get the most from the course, learning new skills ready to be used in their own planned graveyard surveys.
Everyone agreed it had been an informative day and we’re now looking forward to the new surveys that will be produced using what was learnt in St Telio’s.

Course attendees recording the details of individual gravestones

If this sounds interesting then there is a repeat of this course taking place this Saturday 10th March at St Donats Church, St Donats, Vale of Glamorgan.

The course is free to attend though places are limited and will have to be booked through either:

Menna Bell, CATP Dyfed Archaeological Trust

Tel: 01558 825997

Natasha Scullion, CATP Glamorgan-Gwent Archaeological Trust



The day runs from 9:30 am meeting at St Donats Church Car Park and will finish at 4pm.

Explaining different memorial types to course attendees

Introduction to Graveyard Investigation-Free 1-Day Courses

Ever been interested in having a go at some hands on family history research?

The Council for British Archaeology (CBA) with funding from Cadw is putting on two special free training sessions that will provide an Introduction to Graveyard Investigation and is being run by the CBA’s Community Archaeology Training Placement (CATP) holders based at GGAT and Dyfed Archaeological Trust.

The free one-day course involves an introductory presentation on graveyard history, gravestone evolution and iconography followed by a practical session recording features and details in a graveyard using the equipment provided.

It should be a fascinating insight into local history and provide the basic skills needed to conduct further investigations in the graveyards of your own areas .

The sessions are being run from 9:30-4:30pm

The first session is being held on Saturday 3rd March at St Teilo’s Church, Llandelio, Carmarthenshire.

The second session is being held on Saturday 10th March at St Donats Church, St Donats, Vale of Glamorgan.

Places need to be booked in advance as capacity is very limited so if you are interested in attending please contact either;

Menna Bell, CATP Dyfed Archaeological Trust Tel: 01558 825997 email

Natasha Scullion, CATP Glamorgan-Gwent Archaeological Trust Tel:01792634236 Email

A typical selection of the different styles of gravestones found in graveyards

Community Archaeology Training Placements

Do you want to develop your career in archaeology?
Are you interested in working directly with a wide range of communities?

The Council for British Archaeology (CBA) is offering 10 twelve month paid bursary places with different host organisations across the UK, aimed at training individuals who already have a good working knowledge of archaeological theory and practice in the skills needed to run and support effective community archaeology projects.

The bursaries are funded through the Heritage Lottery Fund’s Skills for the Future programme, with support from English Heritage, Cadw and Historic Scotland.

Placements will start in April 2012 and successful candidates will receive a salaried bursary of approx £16,450 (see individual job descriptions for further details).

There are five Welsh host organisations and locations:

For complete details of these posts please visit, or visit the host organisation websites.

Application closing date: Friday 20th January


Mae Cyngor Archaeoleg Prydain (CBA) yn hysbysebu deg bwrsari hyfforddi am 12 mis mewn archaeoleg gymunedol, gyda chymorth y Loteri Genedlaethol drwy Gronfa Dreftadaeth y Loteri, a thrwy gymorth ychwanegol yng Nghymru gan Cadw ac Ymddiriedolaethau Archaeolegol Cymru.

Mae pump sefydliad a lleoliad yn cynnig lle yng Nghymru:

  • Cadw (Caerdydd)
  • Ymddiriedolaeth Archaeolegol Dyfed (Llandeilo)
  • Ymddiriedolaeth Archaeolegol Morgannwg-Gwent (Abertawe)
  • Ymddiriedolaeth Archaeolegol Gwynedd (Bangor)
  • Comisiwn Brenhinol Henebion Cymru (Aberystwyth)

Bwrsari: Gweler disgrifiadau’r swyddi unigol

I gael manylion llawn y swyddi hyn, ewch i, neu edrychwch ar wefannau’r sefydliadau sy’n cynnig y lleoedd.

Y dyddiad cau i wneud cais: dydd Gwener 20 Ionawr

Dyddiadau’r cyfweliadau: Gweler y pecynnau ymgeisio unigol.

Council for British Archaeology logo Heritage Lottery Fund logoCadw logo

GGAT at the Senedd Heritage Lottery Fund Showcase

On Wednesday 7th December GGAT attended the Senedd as part of the HLF Wales projects representation. The evening was a showcase for all the recent projects that have been funded by the HLF. GGAT formed part of the HLF Skills for the Future stand with their current Community Archaeology Training Placement holder Natasha Scullion and a collection of posters specially designed to promote some of the community projects that have been undertaken so far, in particular the project running at present on the Clyne Valley.

All four Welsh CATP bursary holders were in attendance representing GGAT, Dyfed Archaeological Trust, Gwynedd Archaeological Trust and Cadw. They explained their roles and projects to the other attendees including Dame Jenny Abramsky chair of the UK HLF who was keen to hear about what the placements had achieved so far.

The evening was a great success with the stand having constant visitors, all interested in what the CATP bursaries were all about and what projects they were working on.