industrial archaeology


The Glamorgan-Gwent Archaeological Trust, working with Swansea University and the City and County of Swansea, is running a community excavation at the Hafod Copperworks, Swansea.
We will be uncovering the original early 19th century canal basin where barges unloaded coal, brought down from the collieries higher up the Swansea Valley, directly into the copperworks.  We also hope to find more traces of the tram road that crossed the canal to take slag away from the furnaces to be dumped on the slag heaps.  The canal basin was filled in during the first half of the 20th century, and has completely disappeared from view.   

Come and help us find it!

If you’re over 18 and interested in volunteering, you can download an application form here or contact our CBA Community Archaeologist trainee Jan Bailey by email or by phone on 01792 634236.

02427w Musgrave Engine Hall & 02426w Vivian Works Engine House



Congratulations to Dr Edith Evans, GGAT’s Heritage and Outreach Manager, for winning the contract to provide a Community Archaeology Project at the former Hafod and Morfa Copperworks, Swansea.

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

GGAT short listed for British Archaeological Award

The Glamorgan Gwent Archaeological Trust and Miller Argent (South Wales) Ltd have been shortlisted for the prestigious 2012 British Archaeological Awards for their landmark archaeological project at Ffos-y-fran, Merthyr Tydfil, South Wales.

The Ffos-y-fran project involved the investigation of arguably one of the most important early extractive industrial landscapes in the world and has made it into the top three projects in the ‘Best Project’ category.  The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony in July.

A GGAT archaeologist recording a feature at Ffos-y-fran