The Cardiff University summer season of excavations has drawn to a close as the new academic year approaches. There are, however, plenty of other opportunities to get your hands dirty in South Wales. One new project which looks particularly exciting is the CADW community project at Tinkinswood:
Cadw are working in partnership with Archaeology Wales, the local community, with local schools,and the Council of British Archaeology.Cardiff University School of History, Archaeology and Religion and the National Museum of Wales are also involved in this exciting project at Tinkinswood and the surrounding area.
The project is running an in-depth community blog, which provides a wealth of background information in English and Welsh:
It gives a good impression of how megalithic tombs like this would have appeared in the past, although originally the capstone and the south side would have been completely covered with an earthen mound. It is set in a sloping valley with views to the south-west towards Barry. The site lies above a small stream, which has cut through the limestone. Geologically it is in an area of Triassic formation. It would have been an attractive place for Early Neolithic activity or settlement, with a water supply close by, soil suitable for cultivation, and with a variety of locally available lithic materials.
This is a fantastic opportunity to investigate, excavate and preserve one of the Vale of Glamorgan’s most impressive Neolithic monuments. If you are interested in getting involved then please contact Ffion through twitter or email at ffion[dot]firstname.lastname@example.org