Cadw and Communities Search for the Silures

Friday 19 October 2012

Cadw invites community to get involved with archaeology

Cadw invites community to get involved with archaeology

Cadw is teaming up with communities for an excavation of the possible tribal capital of the Silures -   the Iron Age hillfort at Llanmelin Wood, Caerwent between 29 October and 16 November 2012.

Llanmelin Community Project aims to provide an opportunity for disengaged members of society, who do not often get many life-chances, to participate in archaeology and help Cadw gain a better understanding of one of its monuments.

The excavations will be led by Cadw with professional archaeological assistance from Archaeology Wales. The work will be carried out by volunteers from hard-to-reach communities with the aim of helping them to build self-esteem and confidence as well as develop a wide range of generic and archaeological skills.

Dr Caroline Pudney, Community Archaeologist for Cadw, commented: ‘We’re very excited about the project from an outreach and engagement point of view but also from an academic research perspective.  Was this site indeed the tribal capital of the Silures, an Iron Age tribe that occupied south east Wales prior to the Roman conquest?

We would like to invite members of the public to come and find out! Come along to one of our daily tours of the excavations as well as the open day, where there will be lots of opportunities to explore the Iron Age through a variety of hands-on activities.’

The daily tours will take place from 3pm and there will be an open day on Saturday 10 November from 10am – 4pm.

Parking is very limited at the site so we ask that people who wish to attend the open day park at West Gate Barns, Caerwent, where a free shuttle bus will take people to and from the excavations every 30 minutes.

For more information please contact Caroline on 07854 224533.