festival of british archaeology

Archaeology for All!

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 ForumThere will be Roman Cooking, Medieval Archery, Rural skills demonstrations, Archwilio, and that firm family favorite the Body in the Box!.  
The fun starts at 9:30am. Hope to see you there!  
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Mumbles Hill Walk for Festival of British Archaeology

If your out enjoying the sunshine at the Mumbles today, why not join us for a tour around the archaeology of Mumbles Hill.  The Hill, with it’s excellent views over Swansea Bay, is a Local Nature Reserve and has a long history of human activity-from agricultural to industrial to military- but is now a haven of tranquility and a home for wildlife.
A talking walk with Paul Huckfield (Glamorgan Gwent Archaeological Trust Ltd), John Powell (Oystermouth Historical Association), and assistance from Robin Bonham (Mumbles Divelopment Trust).  Leaving the steps next to the Coach bays in Bracelet Bay pay & display car park.  The walk starts at 2.00pm and is 2 miles and lasts for around 2 1/2 hrs.
Hope to see you there.

Changes to tomorrows FBA walk

Our colleagues in the Brecon Beacons National Park tell us that there’s so much water on the mountain that it’s not possible to do the advertised Mynydd y Glog walk tomorrow, the 18th July.
However, Dr Edith Evans, who will be leading the walk, does have a Plan B.  This entails still meeting at the layby next to the Penderyn Distillery, but then driving to a few miles to Cyfarthfa Castle in Merthyr Tydfil, and do a circular walk to look the remains of the internationally important Cyfarthfa Ironworks and a wide range of sites associated with them, from the quarries, tramroads and water supply, to the houses for the people who worked there.  This is a shorter walk and should finish at around lunchtime.  Hope to see you there.
Cyfarthfa Ironworks
 For more information on this walk or any of the other GGAT events, contact enquires@ggat.org.uk

GGAT ‘Archaeology for All’ 2012

GGAT kicks off  its Festival of British Archaeology events with their annual ‘Archaeology for All‘ day at Swansea Museum, Victoria Road, Swansea, this Saturday 14th July.
The Trust have a full line up of activities for this 16-day festival, organised by The Council for British Archaeology and a full list can be found on the GGAT website.
The ‘Archaeology for All‘ event is to encourage everyone, especially young people and their families to visit sites of archaeological/historical interest or museums, heritage and resource centres, to see archaeology in action and to take part in activities on-site. This is a chance for the people of Swansea and its surroundings to find out about their heritage and archaeology of the region.
There will be something for all on the day:
  • Roman cookery
  • Childrens excavation
  • Bronze Age facepainting
  • Medieval archers
And lots more! So come along and dig in!!