The remains of Caerleons lost Medieval bridge towers have been discovered by GGAT Archaeologist today. The discovery was made during a Watching Brief for an extension at a property on Isca Road, Caerleon. The bridge tower, along with a second previously unknown medieval building, will be fully recorded and preserved in situ.
The good news is that we have sorted the potential beach of condition matter.
The work that is being carried out is covered by a previous planning consent so the approval of a programme of investigation is not required for the on-going work, although they are meant to have an archaeologist present carrying out a watching brief and Richard has sent one of his team to the site to do it.
Hopefully the results of the watching brief will assist in the preparation of a better programme of investigation when it is produced. It is amazing how much time can be spent sorting out possible breaches of conditions, but it must be done if we are going to ensure that the archaeology is protected.
My name is Jon Burton, I work in the contracts department of GGAT. I normally spend a fair amount of time out in the field, dealing directly with clients, carrying out watching briefs, evaluations, and on occasions full scale excavations.
Most of this week I’ve been working on post excavation reports, related to watching briefs carried out in the Glamorgan and Gwent area. These include watching briefs carried out in the Caerleon area, related to the line of a former roman road, and another watching brief in the Port Talbot area along the line of a new road scheme which, has uncovered a number of features related to former industrial activity.
Today I had hoped to continue with the writing up of a small watching brief, carried out this week in Cowbridge. However, another fieldwork project has come up in Merthyr which, requires cover next week, and so now I’ll have to produce a risk assessment, and gather some background information in preparation for this new work.