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Gower Landscape Partnership-Archaeological Training Workshop

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 ARCHWILIO App and much more!

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Ever Wanted to Work for GGAT?

+++Project Archaeologists Wanted+++ GGAT are currently looking to hire Archaeologists for multiple projects in Southeast Wales over the coming months. If interested please email a covering letter and CV to projects@ggat.org.uk
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The Archaeology beneath the World Leaders feet

Long before the Americans and other World Leaders took over the Celtic Manor Resort for the NATO Summit, another invading nation, the Romans, decided to make the land there their home.
Discover all about the Roman archaeology around the Celtic Manor, learn about the excavations, associated finds and background information.
The Glamorgan-Gwent Archaeological Trust have undertaken all the archaeological works at the site, where construction of a top class golf course and management of top class archaeology somehow had to work together.
Learn more by visiting the Celtic Manor Archaeology website.

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Festival of Archaeology 2014 Lookbook

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.

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Hands on Heritage at Neath Abbey

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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!

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!  

Promontory Fort Survey – Week 2

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.

GGAT First World War Project: Visiting National Shipyard No.1, Chepstow

As part of GGAT’s First World War Project, our Senior Project Archaeologist, Johnny Crawford and Outreach Officer, Paul W Huckfield (wearing his Military Specialist hat) are visiting the site of the National Shipyard Number 1, at Chepstow this afternoon.

The National Shipyards were proposed, and partially completed, by the coalition government led by David Lloyd George during the latter years of the war and were built in order to counter the large losses of British merchant ships being destroyed by German U-boat attacks in the Atlantic Ocean.

The shipyards were to be built so as to construct large numbers of “standard” cargo ships as rapidly as possible. In accordance with the Protection of the Realm Act, all Chepstow shipbuilding companies therefore came under government control and were expanded to form National Shipyard Number 1 (Chepstow). Shipyard Number 1, was one of three great shipbuilding centres established in the area, the others being Beachly and Portbury. Eight slipways were laid down in order to build ships of up to 600 feet (180 m) in length and of up to 300 tons.

The construction however was not restricted to just the shipyard, as over 6,000 skilled workers came to the Chepstow area from other shipbuilding areas in Britain. New housing was provided at three new Garden City sites at Hardwick, Bulwark and Pennsylvania (concrete blocks used to construct the houses and slipways being produced in part by German prisoners of war). Camps were also built for the workers, along with workshops, a power station and a new hospital in Chepstow.

In 1925 Fairfield Shipbuilding and Engineering Ltd bought and later dismantled the shipyard. In due course the company became Fairfield-Mabey Ltd who now specialise in steelwork for bridges and other structures.

Caerleons lost Medieval bridge towers discovered by Archaeologists

The remains of Caerleons lost Medieval bridge towers have been discovered by GGAT Archaeologist today. The discovery was made during a Watching Brief for an extension at a property on Isca Road, Caerleon. The bridge tower, along with a second previously unknown medieval building, will be fully recorded and preserved in situ.

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