South Wales

The Festival of Archaeology 2015 Lookbook

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.

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Discover the Legacy of the First World War in Wales 1914-1919

The First Wotitlerld War was an overwhelming event which had widespread effects across Wales – no area was left untouched as the whole country geared up to contribute to the war effort   

One hundred years on the generation that witnessed it has almost gone, and what we are left with are the physical remains – buildings, landscapes and artefacts.  Archaeology has an important role to play in understanding and remembering this global conflict.  The Welsh Archaeological Trusts, grant aided by Cadw, are focusing on the First World War over the next few years to coincide with the centenary of the war.

Over the subsequent years GGAT will be looking at the following five themes:

  • The Sinews of War – Industry/manufacturing
  • The Call to Arms – The militarised landscape
  • Casualties of War – Hospitals and welfare facilities
  • Defence of the Realm – Coastal defences and port facilities
  • Their Names Liveth for Evermore – Commemoration and remembrance

There will be opportunities to get involved, visit sites and help in the research and recording.

To learn more visit the Legacy of the First World War website

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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!

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.

Festival of Archaeology 2014 Lookbook 2014-08-07 15-17-33

 

Military Aircraft Crash Sites.

GGAT have just started a project to try and record all the allied military aircraft crash sites within the Glamorgan and Gwent areas. The aim of this project is to highlight the importance of these sites archaeologically and to provide site management through providing this information to Heritage Management Offices, Cadw and the MoD.

Refit plate from Spitfire P7504 (PRN 04010s)

Why so quiet on the Western Front?

People have been asking why it’s been so quiet on the GGAT news front.  This is because we’ve all been so busy!

Here’s a little taster of what the Trust has been up to.

Our Arfordir Co-ordinator, Rachel, has been busy training volunteers in the Year 3 study area, which runs along the Vale of Glamorgan Heritage Coastline to Penarth.  Through a number of guided walks the volunteers have been taught about the numerous archaeological sites along this stretch of coast, as well as emphasising the potential threats caused by current and future coastal erosion.  The groups have also been taught how to recognise various types of archaeological sites and have been trained in basic recording and photographic techniques used by archaeologists.  Attendance has been good at these events with a keen interest shown by the volunteers.  If you’re interested in learning about this project visit the Arfordir pages on the GGAT website (http://www.ggat.org.uk) or follow the link (Arfordir pages).  To see what the groups have just been up to visit our Facebook page here.

The second year of the Second World War Airfields in Southeast Wales project is drawing to a conclusion.  The Trusts WWII enthusiast Paul has recorded lots of new sites, which you can get a sneaky peek at by visiting our Instagram feed

Meanwhile in our Projects Division, Charley James has just written the first malt kiln tile report for the excavations at Vulcan house, Merthyr Tydfil.  She has discovered that some of the tiles are from a well-known manufacturer, Sealy & Co., based in Bridgewater Somerset.

Remains of one of the malt kiln tiles from the Vulcan House brewery

Remains of one of the malt kiln tiles from the Vulcan House brewery

While Martin Tuck is undertaking a review of the numerous archaeological works that have taken place within the environs of the Roman fort at Neath.  This review funded by the Welsh Government/Cadw focuses primarily on the civilian settlement or vicus, and will supplement the forthcoming reports on the extensive excavations that GGAT carried out between 2010 and 2012. Learn more about the excavations

Exciting discoveries from our Second World War Airfields project

Year 2 of the Second World War Airfields project is underway and new and exciting sites are coming to light everyday. The most recent discovery has been the substantial remains of this aircraft test butts (drawing number 12312/41). This large brick building, which has had a number of modern alterations and additions, would have been where the aircraft would have tested their cannons by firing into the recess, this would have had a sloping bank of sand inside to stop the rounds.

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