GGAT’s annual ‘Archaeology for All!’ event at Swansea Museum this coming Saturday 13th July, kicks off the Trusts activities for the national Festival of British Archaeology.
Our ‘Archaeology for All’ event at Swansea Museum suffered, as other events did, from the wet summer weather. Though those brave enough to venture out in Saturdays soggy conditions were treated to a cornucopia of historical and archaeological activities and stalls.
The museums teaching room was a wash (excuse the pun) with historical societies and interest groups informing the public about local history with their usual breadth of knowledge and gusto. While outside various groups of medieval re-enactors showed the public how we lived during past times.
Highlights of the day included the woad face painting, which went down a storm, but how long the paint remained on your face after stepping
outside of the tent and into the waiting deluge was up for discussion! The Roman cookery demonstration, by our own Dr Edith Evans (Happy Birthday Edith), is always a crowd puller. However, Edith was finding it difficult to keep the home fires burning as a small pool of water gradually built up within the hearth and threatened to drown the proceedings.
All in all a good day was had despite the weather and a big congratulations goes out to our Community Archaeology Training Placement Sam Pamment who did such a great job organising the event.
- Roman cookery
- Childrens excavation
- Bronze Age facepainting
- Medieval archers
On a misty Saturday morning people were gathering at St Donats church ready to take part in a free training course.
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.
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.
Natasha Scullion – 01792634236, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Menna Bell – 01558825997, email M.Bell@DYFEDARCHAEOLOGY.ORG.UK
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 email@example.com
Natasha Scullion, CATP Glamorgan-Gwent Archaeological Trust Tel:01792634236 Email firstname.lastname@example.org