Cadw Funded Archaeological Digs/Projects

Cadw-funded excavations

Cadw provides funding for archaeological excavations at sites in its direct care – guardianship sites - and more widely through the work of the Welsh Archaeological Trusts.

Excavations at Guardianship sites

Excavations at monuments in Cadw’s care are undertaken for a number of reasons:

  • As part of the ongoing conservation programme where work has to be undertaken alongside or in advance of the repair and management of a monument.
  • In advance of development work at our sites - for example, if a visitor centre is being extended or provision is being made for improved public access to an area of a monument.
  • As part of ongoing research - to inform our understanding of a monument and to help us interpret the site for the public.

A recent example of a research excavation was carried out at Caerleon Roman fortress by a team from Cardiff University and the Institute of Archaeology UCL. Details of the excavation can be viewed at

Excavations undertaken by the Welsh Archaeological Trusts

Most excavations that take place across Wales are undertaken in advance of development and are usually funded by the developer as part of a planning condition. However, many archaeological sites are threatened in other ways, for example as a result of coastal erosion or agricultural activity. Cadw frequently funds the rescue excavation of such sites as part of the grant-aided programme to the Welsh Archaeological Trusts [link to relevant part of web page?].

The archaeological trusts often provide opportunities for volunteers to get involved in such projects and hold open days for visitors to view the work. For further information about current grant-aided projects see the websites of the individual trusts at: