Want to work for GGAT? – Project Archaeologists (field staff) required

The Glamorgan-Gwent Archaeological Trust Ltd are currently looking to appoint field staff for short-term contracts for excavations in South Wales with immediate effect.

Four/five week contracts available with immediate start, possible extensions to contract thereafter.


Degree in archaeology (or related subject) or equivalent practical experience; Membership of the Institute for Archaeologists (Practitioner or affiliate) is an advantage. Experience in commercial archaeology also an advantage.


There is no formal application route, interested persons should apply in writing (emails are fine) to the Trust with a letter of application and CV.


Glamorgan-Gwent Archaeological Trust Ltd
Heathfield House,
Tel: 01792 655208
Fax: 01792474469
Email: enquiries@ggat.org.uk

Day in the life of an archaeological planning officer

I am Neil Maylan and I work as the Archeological Planning Manager for the Glamorgan-Gwent Archaeological Trust, based in Swansea, Wales. We provide advice to 13 local planning authorities in South East Wales and I hope to be able to provide a work diary for today.

I started my working day circa 7.30am. As part of my job I am responsible for the Trust’s IT network and e-mails, so my first job is to check the e-mails that have come in overnight, delete the vast number of spam messages that are sent to our open e-mail accounts and redirect any messages that have been wrongly addressed or sent to the open accounts and need to be answered by a specific member of staff.

I also check my own e-mails received over night, fortunately few today and read the weekly newsletter from the Institute for Archaeologists (IfA) Maritime Affairs Group, which always has some fascinating information on an area of archaeology I really don’t know enough about.

Visit Day of Archaeology to learn more about what archaeologist do.

Group of GGAT archaeologists in PPE at Neath Excavation

GGAT is training all its staff in ‘social networking’


My name is Andrew Marvell. I am the Chief Executive at GGAT.

In order that we can reach as wide an audience as possible through new technology the Trust added to its website outputs by setting up a range of social networking links (blogger, wordpress, twitter and so forth). We realised that only a few of our staff were using these facilities and most were relying on our outreach officer to post content. So we have set up a series of internal training sessions so that all our staff can get up to speed with using these information conduits with the intention that we will be able to let you know more quickly about the projects that we are undertaking, the events that we have planned, and perhaps most importantly the discoveries that we make both during fieldwork and during post-excavation studies.

Today I and colleagues are in the third group to be trained by out Web Manager Paul Huckfield. This is my second blog and I have learnt so far how basically to use blogger and wordpress. Although as is ever the case practice will be the key. Neverless the excitement in learning a new skill is great – must check to see whether I can include this in my IFA professional CPD Log.