News from our volunteers

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Back in February, we trained volunteers how to research and carry out field walking projects. We taught volunteers how to use map regression, aerial photography and LiDAR to identify sites and then we showed them how to set out sections and record finds out in the field.

Three of our volunteers that came out with us on the field walking events in February used the skills they learnt and when on to complete their own project.

They recently sent us a copy of their report which you can read below. Fantastic work!

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Social Media Training Event

Facebook, Twitter, blogging is this all new to you?

Have you written a blog before, sent a tweet or posted a Facebook status?

Want to learn about social media or improve on your existing skills?

Then come to our social media training session and find out how!

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Volunteers will gain the skills to post and share new and exciting ‘up to the minute’ information about the Gower Landscape projects with the wider community.

Booking is essential as places are limited. Please email sarahjayne@ggat.org.uk to book.

Date: 7th July

Time: 10-12

Location:

Heathfield House

Heathfield

Swansea

SA1 6EL

Neath Abbey Open Day- Bring us your finds!

Always wondered what that ancient looking sherd of pottery was on your sideboard?

Pondered what it was that you found whilst walking the other day- is it an archaeological artefact?

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Then we may be able to help!

If you have finds or artefacts that you have come across whilst on a walk, inherited or found whilst digging your garden and would like to know more, we would welcome the chance to look at them, record and potentially identify them at our finds stall at the Festival of Archaeology – Princes Retinue- Neath Abbey Open Day

There will be members of staff from the Glamorgan-Gwent Archaeological Trust, along with a representative of the Portable Antiquities Scheme to help identify and record items that you have.

On Saturday 09th July, between 10.00am – 4.00pm our stall will be located in the Neath Abbey Open Day Event, alongside a number of local displays and activities.

Click here to find more about the exciting events at Neath Abbey

Ancient Ways-Trackways and Boundaries across Gower

Following the success of the recent Fieldwalking events across Gower, we are pleased to be starting our new project ‘Ancient Ways-Trackways and Boundaries across Gower’.

The purpose of this project is to enable the community to research and identify the ancient routes of Gower, such as field boundaries, pathways and tracks through map regression, aerial photography, and field work, complemented by using plant species as a method (Hooper’s Law) of dating old hedgerows.

The ancient ways will be shown on paper and GIS mapping, their past use and current condition recorded, and their purpose and accompanying stories collected. It is hoped that it will be the first step in the re-establishment of a number of these routes, eventually with interpretation regarding their former use, and providing a safer alternative to walking on the busy Gower roads.

Keep returning to this blog for upcoming events! 

Places will be limited due to the computer requirements, so please contact Sophie at sophie@ggat.org.uk or 01792 655208 to book.

 

Finds Processing and Analysis

We are back!

We had a brief hiatus in the project, whilst the finds recovered from the field walking event were being washed and processed.

Our project archaeologist Sarahjayne Clements took some of the finds to Knelston Primary School (Years 4 & 5), and some of the finds to the Young Archaeologists Club (YAC) in Swansea to wash and analyse.

Last week, we had our wonderful Heritage Champions come to the office to help sort through, categorise and weigh the finds.

Good results obtained again, with further finds recovered, ranging from flints to possible medieval pottery!

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These finds will now be sent to the relevant finds specialists, who can interpret the finds and produce a detailed report for us to use.

We will be holding a’ Flint Presentation’ at the National Museum Wales, Cardiff, sometime in June given by Elizabeth Walker, the Principal Curator: Collections & Access / Palaeolithic & Mesolithic Archaeology, for our flint artefacts.

A final date will be given sometime later this month, so keep watching this blog for updates!

Murton Mayday- Bring us your finds!

Always wondered what that ancient looking sherd of pottery was on your sideboard?

Pondered what it was that you found whilst walking the other day- is it an archaeological artefact?

Then we may be able to help!

If you have finds or artefacts that you have come across whilst on a walk, inherited or found whilst digging your garden and would like to know more, we would welcome the chance to look at them, record and potentially identify them at our finds stall at Murton May Day.

There will be members of staff from the Glamorgan-Gwent Archaeological Trust, along with a representative of the Portable Antiquities Scheme to help identify and record items that you have.

On Monday 02nd May, between 2.00pm – 4.00pm our stall will be located in the Murton May Day Event, alongside a number of local displays and activities.

Finds roadshow

Thank you to all those who brought some of your fantastic finds down to the event!

We had a World War One scope measuring tool,  a gramophone piece,  a possible stone tool and flint.

All finds were recorded,  photographed and returned apart from the possible stone tool and flint which were kindly donated for further analysis.

Our next finds roadshow is going to be held at the Murton May Day,  where we will be holding another stall so come on down and bring your finds!