Enjoyed what you’ve read and want to have a go yourself?
Then good news!
There are loads of opportunities throughout Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan to get involved in archaeology (see about the dig for details of how to get involved at Cosmeston).
Cardiff Archaeological Society
Cardiff Archaeological Society holds regular public lectures and organises field trips to monuments and sites of all archaeological periods. This is a nice and inexpensive way to get out into the landscape and find out what sites of interest there are in your local area and region. For more information about the society, as well as how to join, check their website.
The National Museum run lunchtime archaeology lectures, guided tours through their collections and other events. They also occasionally have excavations in the summer, for which you can volunteer. It’s worth checking out their events calendar at:
Cadw are in charge of protecting and presenting the archaeological sites of Wales. Alongside information on sites in your area, they also occasionally run excavations for which you can volunteer.In recent years CADW have run community projects at the Neolithic burial chamber of Tinkinswood and Llannmelin hillfort.
Glamorgan-Gwent Archaeological Trust (GGAT) is the regional body responsible for conserving the archaeological and historical heritage of south east Wales. They provide archaeological advice to the twelve local councils in this area. They also run a number of community projects that you can get involved in, see their website for details.
Cardiff University fieldwork projects in the area often have opportunities for you to get involved. Currently the CAER Heritage Project in Ely has a range of ongoing activities and volunteering opportunities.
The University also offers a wide range of archaeology and heritage related evening courses in the Centre for Lifelong Learning.
The CBA aims to create opportunities for archaeology for all. They can help you keep in touch with what’s happening in UK archaeology, take part in a dig or join your local archaeological society. They also offer a number of ways you can get involved through volunteering, helping to protect your historic environment, and getting involved with your local CBA Group.
Aged up to 17 and interested in archaeology? The CBA runs the Young Archaeologists Club for you! There are three groups in the area; Brecon Beacons, Swansea Museum and Newport (see contact details at the bottom of the list).