GOWER LANDSCAPE PROJECT FINDING OUR HISTORY

Do you have an interest in the Archaeology of Gower?

Would you like to learn how to survey ancient trackways and date hedgerows?

Then we have the event for you!

Date: Sunday 4th December

Place: Meet at Oxwich Castle

Time: 10am (expected duration 4 hours walking)

Places are limited so please contact sarahjayne@ggat.org.uk to book

Please bring warm, waterproof clothing, suitable clothing and packed lunches.

This project  is supported by Gower Landscape Partnership, which is funded by Heritage Lottery fund, Natural Resources Wales, City and County of Swansea, and National Trust.

 

Days’ in the life of a volunteer with GGAT 2016 – Gower Landscape Project

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Hi, I’m Fiona and 2016 has been quite a journey for me with GGAT, fascinating, exciting and so fulfilling. I am now able to identify quite a good range of  finds thanks to the expert tutelage of Steve Sell (freelance finds specialist and volunteer) and when I walk on Gower I rarely admire the view, my eyes are scouring the ground to see what I can find!

It all started back in February when  following two ‘base camp’ HER training sessions on how to use aerial photography, Cynefin Tithe maps and LiDAR , plus the practicalities of laying out the field in grids etc, I embarked on my first ever field-walk at Monksland Farm, Scurlage on a bright, chilly day. I found pottery sherds and flint, mostly cores  but some worked and discarded and ‘I was there’ when a trained archaeological eye picked up an amazing  prehistoric tool , a flint scraper… it was so exciting to handle something made and used thousands of years ago!

Since then it has been nonstop with further field walks, a  great Roadshow at the Gower Show where we met many enthused visitors who would love the Trust to ‘dig a little’ in their back yard, a real dig at Cyfartha , quite thrilling as post holes emerged in our trench,  learning about map regression and using the newly acquired skills to plot ancient trackways on Gower, sorting, categorising ,weighing and recording finds and  … so much more. This month myself and two other volunteers are ‘flying solo’ visiting, recording and photographing sites on the Gower which are/ could be of interest as we  follow up some leads obtained at the roadshows. I also took a trip to the National Library as part of my own research to interrogate Tithe maps and other primary sources from the Penrice Estate.

Every time I visit the office I am being taught something new which broadens my knowledge and understanding of archaeology. I love it.Thank you Sarahjayne and Charina for sharing your expertise and enthusing me.

I always wanted to be an archaeologist but never took the leap, thanks to GGAT I am beginning to feel just a little like one. I wonder what the final weeks of 2016 will bring?

This project is supported by Gower Landscape Partnership, which is funded by Heritage Lottery fund, Natural Resources Wales, City and County of Swansea, and National Trust.

Archive training session

Do you want to learn how to research Ancient Trackways?

Do you want to know more about maps available to you for research?

Then come and join us at West Glamorgan Archives to learn all about maps and other information available to you as part of our ancient trackways project. Places are limited so please contact sarahjayne@ggat.org.uk to reserve a space.

Date: 7/11/16

Time: 10am

Venue:

West Glamorgan Archive Services

Civic Centre

Oystermouth Road

Swansea

SA1 3SN

This project is supported by Gower Landscape Partnership, which is funded by Heritage Lottery fund, Natural Resources Wales, City and County of Swansea, and National Trust.

Health and safety training session – change of date and time

Volunteers will shortly be going out to complete surveys of Ancient trackways identified through the project we have been running as part of the Gower Landscape Partnership.  As part of the project we are running a training session on how to complete risk assessments to make sure our volunteers have an awareness of safety issues whilst working out on site.

Places are limited so please contact us to reserve a space sarahjayne@ggat.org.uk

The date and time have now been changed to the following:

Date: 18th October

Venue:

Glamorgan Gwent Archaeologist Trust

Heathfield House,

Swansea,

SA1 6EL

Time: 2pm

This project is supported by Gower Landscape Partnership, which is funded by Heritage Lottery fund, Natural Resources Wales, City and County of Swansea, and National Trust.

Working with Knelston Primary School: Ask an Archaeologist.

As part of the Gower Landscape Partnership project we have been working with Knelston Primary School. We previously went to visit them to show the children how to process archaeological finds; they followed this with a some questions they prepared for us which we have answered in our video:  https://youtu.be/fuUz20h7okI

This project is supported by Gower Landscape Partnership, which is funded by Heritage Lottery fund, Natural Resources Wales, City and County of Swansea, and National Trust.

Hedgerow Dating Training

Ever wanted to know how to date a hedgerow?

Come and join us to find out!

Alongside our finds roadshow at the Gower Ploughing Match this Sunday (25th September) at Reddenhill Farm, Parkmill, we are also running training sessions at 12pm and 2pm on hedgerow dating/survey.

Please be aware that places will be limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis on the day.

https://gowerlandscape.wordpress.com/2016/08/10/finds-roadshow-gower-ploughing-match/

This project is supported by Gower Landscape Partnership, which is funded by Heritage Lottery fund, Natural Resources Wales, City and County of Swansea, and National Trust.

Gower Landscape Partnership: Digital Mapping

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Our next training session as part of the Ancient Trackways Project will be led by our HER manager Charina Jones. This session will focus on digitally mapping ancient trackways on Gower.

Date: Thursday 8th September

Time: 10am

Venue: Glamorgan Gwent Archaeological Trust,

Heathfield House

Heathfield

Swansea

SA1 6EL

Places are limited so please email  sarahjayne@ggat.org.uk in advance to book a space.

This activity is supported by Gower Landscape Partnership, which is funded by Heritage Lottery fund, Natural Resources Wales, City and County of Swansea, and National Trust.