Finds from your Garden – Artefacts Roadshow

Tuesday 20 November 2012

Finds from your Garden - Artefacts Roadshow

Finds from your Garden - Artefacts Roadshow

An archaeological roadshow is visiting one of Wales’s best known heritage sites next month to help identify potential artefacts found by local residents.

A team of archaeology and heritage experts from Cadw and partners will visit Caernarfon Castle, a World Heritage site and part of the 128 monuments in Cadw’s care, to talk to the local community about the importance of heritage, and to discuss local treasures found in gardens and parks across the region.

The Artefacts Roadshow will be held on Sunday 9 December 2012 from 10am until 4pm at Caernarfon Castle.

The event is organised by Cadw and brings together archaeological experts from the National Trust, Conwy Borough Council, Bangor University, CR archaeology, and EAS Archaeology. Volunteers from all organisations will be on hand, with a wide range of expertise ranging from conservation advice, general finds and pottery identification, Iron Age, Medieval and Prehistoric archaeology and archaeology in museums and education.

Once an important Roman centre for administration, Caernarfon town and the surrounding area is rich in heritage that is yet to be unearthed. This event aims to bring heritage and history alive to the local community through a series of workshops and hands on activities for all ages.

Adele Thackray, Field Monument Warden for Cadw explains ‘This event is a great opportunity for experts and amateurs alike to act as time detectives, and to assist us to discover historical treasures from the past. There will be archaeological activities taking place throughout the day including an archaeology dig box and workshops on recording artefacts from the past.

Artefacts can be found all over the place - it could be an old coin found whilst walking along the beach or a strange object found whilst doing your gardening.

The event will be an eye-opener into our history and heritage, and we’re looking forward to welcoming the local community, and invite them to bring any interesting objects they’ve found along with them to challenge the archaeologists on hand.’

Entry to the castle will be free of charge to all visitors who bring an item to be examined by the archaeological team. Normal admission prices to the castle apply for all other visitors, visit  for details.

Cadw, the Welsh for 'to keep' is the Welsh Government’s historic environment service working for an accessible and well-protected historic environment.

For any further information please contact Adele Thackray, Field Monument Warden for Cadw on 01248 680129 or email  

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