In the Community

Archaeology Wales is proud of its record in working with local communities to help them better understand and appreciate the archaeological sites in their areas. We have run community excavations, undertaken geophysical and metal detector surveys, participated in open days, and provided literature for community events. All our community based activities can be delivered in English and Welsh.

Community Excavations
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Community Excavations

We have taken part in a number of community-led excavations in recent years. Our staff provide on-site training for volunteers from local communities, including excavation and survey techniques, producing written, drawn and photographic records and finds recognition and identification. Our aim is always to equip communities with an array of new skills and knowledge about their local heritage and to foster a sense of pride in their collective past.

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St Lythans, Vale of Glamorgan

A small scale excavation, funded by Cadw and carried out by volunteers, took place at St Lythans burial chamber in the Vale of Glamorgan. The aim was to investigate a previously unexplored part of the monumnet and retrieve material for dating.

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Garn Goch Camps

Monitoring work took place during the excavation of three foundation trenches for new stone seating near the two hillforts on Y Garn Goch, for the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority, as part of a scheme involving public participation.

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Llanmelin, Caerwent

An excavation at Llanmelin Hilfort, near Caerwent, was managed and supervised for Cadw as part of a project of community engagement. AW staff helped to organse a successful day and gave talks to local groups.


We are involved in a number of survey projects which use local communities and metal detecting societies to record and investigate historic landscapes, battlefield sites, listed buildings and scheduled ancient monuments. Using the latest equipment, we train volunteers in the skills and knowledge necessary to carry out non-invasive investigations of local heritage sites.


Blaenavon Forgotten Landscapes Project

Survey of three sites associated with Hill Pits mine in the Blaenavon Industrial Landscape World Heritage Site produced a record of their current state of repair. The surveys will inform a program of volunteer run conservation.


Pilleth, Powys

Metal detecting and geophysical surveys were carried out on the site of the battle of Pilleth, 1402, for the Royal Commissiion (RCAHMW). Horse equipment contemporary with the battle and a fine Roman fibula brooch were recovered. 

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Tabernacle Church, Pembroke

Assessment, building recording and evaluation were undertaken to the rear of the Tabernacle Church, Pembroke, in partnership with Pembroke C21 Community Association, prior to redevelopment into a 'Journey Through Time' garden.

Events and Promotions

We pride ourselves on our enthusiasm for the sites we work on, and regularly organise open days and events to share the results of our excavations. During these events tours are given by the people involved in the excavations, often volunteers, and finds are put on display. We have blogs for several of our community-led excavations and update Facebook and Twitter sites regularly. Our publicity leaflets, posters and reports can be produced in Welsh and English.

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Tinkinswood, Vale of Glamorgan

Open days were held during the excavation, with visitors guided around the site by volunteer excavators. The results of the excavation and the history of the local area were discussed; finds recovered were displayed.

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Swansea Castle, Swansea

An open weekend was held following large scale excavations within the castle compound, sponsored by Swansea Council. AW staff provided tours of the site, revealing the results of the excavation and showing finds recovered during the work.


Town Centre, Flint

Open days took place in conjunction with Flintshire CC to help explain the results of excavations undertaken within the town centre. Enthusiastic local support was maintained via a site blog, as well as through use of twitter and Facebook.

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