MORTARIA

MORTARIA stands for Motivating Offender Rehabilitation Through Archaeological Recording, Investigation and Analysis.

MORTARIA workshops held in 2013 gave offenders the opportunity to handle Roman artefacts.

MORTARIA workshops held in 2013 gave offenders the opportunity to handle Roman artefacts.

Led by Dr Caroline Pudney, Cadw's Community Archaeologist, this innovative project is designed to contribute towards the rehabilitation of offenders in south Wales.

Low self-esteem and a lack of transferable skills are just two of the challenges facing offenders aiming to get their lives back on track. Through a series of workshops on archaeology, Cadw and its partners offer offenders the potential to discover new opportunities and change their lives.

To date, MORTARIA workshops — supported by the National Roman Legion Museum in Caerleon — have enabled Cadw to take Roman artefacts into a prison for participants to handle and learn from.

Further workshops, which will be held in partnership with the National Museum Wales, will take place in 2014. These will cover a range of archaeology from Palaeolithic Wales through to the military and industrial remains of the twentieth century.

Find out more

You can find out about the inspiration for the project in Dr Caroline Pudney’s Western Mail article, How a Roman brooch can change lives.