Training the masses!

Today I am training the assembled hoards of the Gower Landscape Project in the art of social media.

Calli waiting for her computer to start

sian is using the laptop to enter her first blog post

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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!

Finds Processing

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!

Portable Antiquity Scheme

Such an informative day on Wednesday, thank you to all those who could attend.

We had a brilliant talk from Charlotte Bellamy, the Portable Antiquity Scheme (PAS) Liaison Officer for GGAT, about the work of PAS and current legislation.

We also had the opportunity to look at a fabulous collection of finds collected by the Swansea Metal Detecting Club, from coins to pin badges!

Thank you to all those who made the training session fantastic, keep coming back to our blog for more updates!

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Meeting at Reynoldston

Archaeological Finds!

Come along to learn all about the Portable Antiquity Scheme, and get a chance to handle finds from across South Wales.

There will be a short presentation/chat about the Portable Antiquity Scheme and its role within Wales with our PAS officer Charlotte Bellamy, followed by a chat about finds types and what we may expect to find on our field walking event.

We will also be joined by a local Swansea Metal Detecting Club who will be sharing the finds they have collected, including flints and much more.

Come down to meet us a Reynoldston Village Hall 2pm till 4pm.

 

Aerial Photography and Map Regression

Aerial Photography and Map Regression Training 26th and 28th January 2016

Today we undertook our second training session covering ‘Aerial Photography and Map Regression‘.  During the session we used various applications that professional archaeologists would use to undertake any form of basic research. These include:

This training provides the tools for our volunteers to begin researching ideal places independently for the projects forthcoming field walking event, and in addition carry out research into their own family and village history!

Thank you to all our fabulous volunteers who attended the second training session, we look forward to seeing the fruits of your research and hearing all about it at our next session.

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