The Festival of Archaeology Roadshow rumbles into the distance for another year!
But, weep not, you can re-live all GGAT’s archaeology fueled Outreach events through 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 once more.
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 ARCHWILIOApp and much more!
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.
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!
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 Forum. There will be Roman Cooking, Medieval Archery, Rural skills demonstrations, Archwilio, and that firm family favorite the Body in the Box!.
We have had a hectic last few days of the second week of the Monastic Margam project.
Wednesday we were hit by the bad weather which slowed down the recording of the abbey ruins, we spent about an hour huddling in the tent waiting for the rain to ease. Eventually we were able to venture outside and continue recording.
It was decided to move the total station under vaulted remains of the east cloister and continue to record here, so that we were sheltered from most of the rain. Unfortunately, for two of our volunteers Sarah and Ruth, who were doing the photographic survey, they had to continue to record the interior of the Chapter house in the rain! They did a brilliant job recording in poor conditions using an umbrella to shelter them as best they could and were able to finish recording the interior of the Chapter house by the end of the day.
Thursday was a very busy day. As well as the recording of the abbey we also received a visit from Neath-Port Talbot council who came to see what we were doing and the condition of the abbey remains to discuss what measures they could put into place. The meeting was very positive and they seemed very concerned with the condition that the abbey was in and the danger that it might present to the public. We were also visited by members of the University of the Third Age from Porthcawl. They had heard about the project from one of our volunteers and were also surprised with the condition the abbey was in but they were happy to see something was being done and they seemed to enjoy the visit. On the recording side we have using the total station surveyed the partial remains of the Nave/North Cloister wall and we have continued to survey the vaulted area of the East Cloister/Vestibule that we began surveying on Wednesday. With the photographic survey we have moved on to recording the features in the vaulted east cloister.
On Friday we were able to see just how far we had progressed with the project and how much there was still left to do. The volunteers had recorded the outside of what would have been the former Sacristy and the central columns of the vaulting in the East Cloister and we hope to record the interior of the Chapter House on Monday. On the photographic side the volunteers had started to record the interior face of the West wall of the East Cloister and it is hoped that by the middle of next week we will start to record the remains of the under croft to the south of the Chapter House.
The volunteers have been fantastic again the week and have really moved the project along. I am looking forward to the final week of the project with 3 new volunteers starting I hope we will have as an enjoyable week as we have had over the last two
Hello, my name is Sam Pamment trainee community archaeologist at GGAT and along with Project Officer Rowena Hart we are running the Monastic Margam survey project at Margam Park.
We are here for 3 weeks to record the standing remains of the abbey using a total station to create an outline of the abbey walls and a photo survey to highlight the areas of substantial damage to the remains and the threats to the abbey remains.
It has been a great first week at Margam, with decent weather and fantastic help from local volunteers and the Friends of Margam Park we have been able to survey a large portion of the outside walls of the abbey remains. We have had a good laugh with the volunteers, who have been very enthusiastic and willing to learn.
The project almost had a celebrity visitor this week, Martin Clunes was rumored to be at the park. Unfortunately, he did not come down to the abbey to see us at work much to my disappointment!
We have had such a fantastic first week and have made good progress, I am hoping the next two weeks will be just as good.
If you are interested in the project and would like to find out more we will be at Margam every week day until the 5th October from 9.30am – 4.30pm or you can follow us here with more updates on the project over the next two weeks.
On Monday 17th September, GGAT will be starting the Monastic Margam Survey Project.
The Project will run for 3 weeks at Margam County Park, finishing on Friday 5th October. With help form the Friends of Margam Park and local volunteers; we will be conducting a survey of the monastic remains of Margam Abbey.
Archaeologists from the Glamorgan-Gwent Archaeological Trust and the volunteers will be at Margam Abbey weekdays until 4.30. So if you would like to know more about the project or the history of the abbey, come and see us in action!