The First World 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.
Come along to the first ‘Finding Our History’ training session – Landscape Detective
Understand how maps are used in archaeology and historic landscape studies. Have a go at interpretation of cartographic information and Map Regression. Learn all about the Historic Environment Record, discover the new ARCHWILIOApp and much more!
We welcome the most recent addition to our lovely Access to Archaeology volunteer team, John. Here he is, getting stuck in and learning about how we incorporate the different reports we receive into the Historic Environment Record.
Back in July I talked about the watching-brief that Neil was conducting at the Hafod laboratory building (http://hafodcommunitydig.wordpress.com/2013/07/). At the time he came across a small area of pavement made of copper slag blocks, which he’d never seen used around the copperworks before. Yesterday I found an area of copper slag blocks on Walters Road, identical to the ones used at the Hafod copperworks. These blocks had been used for decorative effect and were interspersed with stone paving blocks.
The historic mapping produced by the Ordnance Survey doesn’t show this alley existing till after the 1940s, suggesting that this area of paving is relatively modern. On this extract from the third edition (1919) OS mapping you can see that the alley (marked with a red arrow) is occupied by part of a pub.Do you know of any other areas of copper slag paving or pieces of copper slag built into walls? If you do we’d be really interested to hear from you. Or if you’d like to know more about the Hafod copperworks, why not come down to the launch of our latest community archaeology project CuSP. We’ll be at the Hafod Community center on Monday 17th from 18:00, drop by and say hello.
This coming Saturday is the ‘Hands-On-Heritage’ day at Neath Abbey.
There will be lots of activities going on for all the family, so why come along!
Why you’re there pop over to the GGAT tent and say ‘hello’ and learn all about our current community survey project and see some of the results. For more information on the survey project visit the Neath Abbey Project blog.
GGAT’s latest community driven dig started today at the former Hafod and Morfa Copperworks in Swansea. The excavation will be running every day (except Sundays) between 30th May to the 8th June and will be trying to discover the original early 19th century canal basin designed for barges to unloaded coal directly into the copperworks. The canal basin was filled in during the first half of the 20th century, and has now completely disappeared from view. In addition, the project is also hoping to find more traces of the tramroad that crossed the canal to take slag away from the furnaces to be dumped on the slag heaps.
The Glamorgan-Gwent Archaeological Trust, working with Swansea University and the City and County of Swansea, is running a community excavation at the Hafod Copperworks, Swansea.
We will be uncovering the original early 19th century canal basin where barges unloaded coal, brought down from the collieries higher up the Swansea Valley, directly into the copperworks. We also hope to find more traces of the tram road that crossed the canal to take slag away from the furnaces to be dumped on the slag heaps. The canal basin was filled in during the first half of the 20th century, and has completely disappeared from view.
Come and help us find it!
If you’re over 18 and interested in volunteering, you can download an application form here or contact our CBA Community Archaeologist trainee Jan Bailey by email firstname.lastname@example.org. or by phone on 01792 634236.