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!

Volunteers needed – apply now! ¦ Mae angen gwirfoddolwyr

Due to the success of our first year, recruitment is now in progress for our second year of the Access to Archaeology volunteer project.  If you or anyone you know may be interested in this project (between the ages of 18 to 30), just download a volunteer pack to apply .   You could help us by advertising the project, please download, circulate and display our leaflets or if you would like us to send printed copies then please contact us at Closing date 5pm Monday 3rd June 2013.

O ganlyniad i lwyddiant ein blwyddyn gyntaf, recriwtio yn awr ar y gweill ar gyfer ein hail flwyddyn y prosiect Mynediad i wirfoddolwyr Archaeoleg.  Os oes gennych chi, neu unrhyw un rydych chi’n eu hadnabod, ddiddordeb yn y prosiect hwn (rhwng oed 18-30), llwythwch i lawr becyn gwirfoddolwyr er mwyn ymgeisio.  Gallech ein helpu ni drwy hysbysebu’r prosiect – llwythwch ein taflenni i lawr, rhannwch nhw ac arddangoswch nhw, neu os hoffech i ni anfon copïau wedi’u hargraffu atoch chi, cysylltwch â ni drwy Dyddiad cau dydd Llun 3 Mehefin 2013, 5yp. Image

Volunteers needed

Recruitment is now in progress for the Access to Archaeology volunteer project.
The Glamorgan-Gwent Archaeological Trust are currently looking for volunteers for our new Access to Archaeology project (A2A).  This scheme aims to enhance the Historic Environment Record with information held within the pages of grey literature reports held within the HER. The results of the work you carry out will be made available to all on the Archwilio website (, helping to improve access and facilitate the role of archaeological planning and wider research in the archaeology of Southeast Wales.
  • You don’t need to have any previous archaeological experience, as we will teach you everything you need to know!
  • All we need from you is a minimum commitment of 10 days either as a single block or spread out at a time convenient for you.
 If you, or anyone you know may be interested in this project just download a volunteer pack here or visit the Access to Archaeology site.
 If your interested you could also help us to promote the project and information leaflets can be downloaded from the A2A site (if you would like us to send you printed copies then please contact us at
Volunteer working in the HER at GGAT

Introduction to Graveyard Investigation- St Telio’s Course

On Saturday 3rd March people assembled in the Dyfed Archaeological Trust offices in Llandelio in order to learn more about graveyard investigation and survey in a free training session made possible by the Council for British Archaeology (CBA) with funding from Cadw.

The first half of the day comprised of presentations detailing the history and evolution of graveyards and their changing style of memorials, followed by examples of the types of survey recording work that have already been carried out.

Menna showing her group how to use the plane table despite the rain!

After a break for lunch the course attendees led by the CBA Community Archaeology Training Placement (CATP) holders from Dyfed Archaeological Trust and GGAT headed to St Telio’s Church to start the practical session of the course

The group were split into two halves, one being taken by Menna Bell (Dyfed’s CATP) to be trained in plane table survey whilst the others were taken by Natasha Scullion (GGAT’s CATP)  to look at general graveyard recording methods and how to focus on features of individual gravestones.

The day proved very popular with the group who bravely withstood the elements in order to get the most from the course, learning new skills ready to be used in their own planned graveyard surveys.
Everyone agreed it had been an informative day and we’re now looking forward to the new surveys that will be produced using what was learnt in St Telio’s.

Course attendees recording the details of individual gravestones

If this sounds interesting then there is a repeat of this course taking place this Saturday 10th March at St Donats Church, St Donats, Vale of Glamorgan.

The course is free to attend though places are limited and will have to be booked through either:

Menna Bell, CATP Dyfed Archaeological Trust

Tel: 01558 825997

Natasha Scullion, CATP Glamorgan-Gwent Archaeological Trust



The day runs from 9:30 am meeting at St Donats Church Car Park and will finish at 4pm.

Explaining different memorial types to course attendees

Introduction to Graveyard Investigation-Free 1-Day Courses

Ever been interested in having a go at some hands on family history research?

The Council for British Archaeology (CBA) with funding from Cadw is putting on two special free training sessions that will provide an Introduction to Graveyard Investigation and is being run by the CBA’s Community Archaeology Training Placement (CATP) holders based at GGAT and Dyfed Archaeological Trust.

The free one-day course involves an introductory presentation on graveyard history, gravestone evolution and iconography followed by a practical session recording features and details in a graveyard using the equipment provided.

It should be a fascinating insight into local history and provide the basic skills needed to conduct further investigations in the graveyards of your own areas .

The sessions are being run from 9:30-4:30pm

The first session is being held on Saturday 3rd March at St Teilo’s Church, Llandelio, Carmarthenshire.

The second session is being held on Saturday 10th March at St Donats Church, St Donats, Vale of Glamorgan.

Places need to be booked in advance as capacity is very limited so if you are interested in attending please contact either;

Menna Bell, CATP Dyfed Archaeological Trust Tel: 01558 825997 email

Natasha Scullion, CATP Glamorgan-Gwent Archaeological Trust Tel:01792634236 Email

A typical selection of the different styles of gravestones found in graveyards

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.