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!
Alas, the Festival of Archaeology Roadshow rumbles into the distance for another year!
But, nevermind, you can re-live all GGAT’s crazy archaeology fueled Outreach events by visiting 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.
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!
The fantastic Festival of Archaeology is once more upon us, and GGAT kick off their activities for the festival with our flagship ‘Archaeology for All!‘ event on Saturday 12th July.
This year the event is being held within the beautiful surroundings of Cyfarthfa Castle, in association with the Merthry Tydfil Heritage Forum. There will be Roman Cooking, Medieval Archery, Rural skills demonstrations, Archwilio, and that firm family favorite the Body in the Box!.
Week 2 of our geophysical survey of a selection of Gower Iron Age promontory forts finds the team at Paviland. The site is possibly more famous for the discovery of the ‘Red Lady’ during the re-excavation of the site by Reverend William Buckley in the 1800’s, than for the Iron Age promontory fort that crowns its peaks.
The fort, also known as Yellow Top, has a central area roughly 40m by 44m, within which traces of settlement have possibly been identified using aerial photography. On the landward side of the site are two lines of banks and ditches, around 32m apart, with the inner bank having a causewayed entrance.
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.
Rowena does all the talking as Paul has man flu!
Filming the bones for the BBC news
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 two grave cuts exposed by the January storms
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.
The ironworks of Merthyr Tydfil have often been described as the ´Engine of Empire´. You can now learn more about one of these important sites by visiting our new ‘Ynysfach Ironworks microsite‘. Watch the CGI animation, view the reconstruction drawings, and learn all about this important ironworks and the excavations that GGAT have carried out there.