Tuesday 29 January 2013
Heritage Minister Huw Lewis was impressed when he visited a Cadw-run project using archaeology to help rehabilitate prisoners.
Taking part in a workshop at Parc Prison near Bridgend, he said that the MORTARIA project (Motivating Offender Rehabilitation Through Archaeological Recording, Investigation and Analysis) could help break 'the cycle of re-offending'.
'This project really demonstrates the powerful opportunities that heritage and archaeology can provide all sections of society to make connections with their own history and sense of belonging,' he said.
The project uses artefacts from the National Roman Legion Museum at Caerleon to show how archaeology can help interpret the past.
A series of 12 workshops have been taking a hands-on approach to a specific aspect of Roman culture and archaeological methods.
Led by Cadw community archaeologist, Dr Caroline Pudney, they have been using cookery, IT and art, alongside archaeology, to improve prisoners' key skills and build self-belief and confidence.