January 18, 2011 by

Working Archaeology in Wales

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Archaeologists are always working on new projects in Wales.  A shortage of workers and funding inhibit the work, but the Dyfed Archaeological Trust conducted seven different digs, mostly using volunteer labor, in 2010.  A look at their page is a good review of what ‘real’ archaeology is like:  lots of digging, frustration, and grunt work, interspersed with occasional finds.  http://www.cambria.org.uk/  They worked on:

Fan Barrow Excavation 2010

Capel y Groes 2010

Pantybutler Round Barrows 2010

Tir y Dail Castle, Ammanford Dig Diary July 2010

Upper Newton Roman Villa at Wolfscastle, Pembrokeshire – Dig Diary 2010

Wernfawr Dig Diary 2010

Nevern Castle Summer Excavation 2010

Nevern Castle Spring Excavation 2010

Each of these is a fascinating study in luck and circumstance (and hard work).  There are four archaeological trusts in Wales (Dyfed, Gwynedd, Glamorgan-Gwen, and Clwyd-Powys), found here:  http://www.archwilio.org.uk/

Gwynedd’s digs include:

Llys Rhosyr: Palace of the Princes

Dig Diary: Parc Cybi, Holyhead

Dig Diary: Parc Cegin, Llandygai

North Anglesey Standing Stones tour

In addition, Aber Garth Celyn was under excavation this fall under the auspices of Snowdonia national park archaeologists:  http://www.northwalesweeklynews.co.uk/conwy-county-news/local-conwy-news/2010/10/21/archaelogists-may-have-discovered-12th-century-royal-court-in-aber-55243-27512832/

       

2 Responses to Working Archaeology in Wales

  1. Petrea Burchard

    Hi Sarah,

    I’m glad to have found your website and blog. I, too, am captured by British history to the point of writing fiction about it.

    Your blog is so full of information and great stuff it’ll take me ages to read it all. Just these links are plenty to start with. Thank you.

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