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Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Are You Interested In The Archaeology Of The Mountains Of Wales?

Mynydd hiraethog, mountain trackway
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If so, you may wish to make a note of the following dates in your diary.

Every year the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales carries out survey work across the mountains and moorlands of Wales as part of its upland archaeology project. As a result, over the last 20 years a new picture of the uplands has come to light with the discovery of abandoned settlements, farms, ritual sites, buildings and industrial activity. These give us new insights into the lives of our ancestors who used these landscapes over thousands of years.

This year Metal Links, a new European funded project, has also begun taking a closer look at the industrial landscapes of the uplands. Metal Links will focus on telling the story of the metal mining industrial areas of Wales and Ireland. One aspect of the work programme will be palaeo-environmental sampling to give us an understanding of how the landscape developed and was exploited over time, from the woodland expanses of Prehistory to people’s use of its resources.

On the 11th and 12th May 2012 a forum will be held to report on the results of these surveys. This will take place at the Edward Richards Centre in Ystrad Meurig. The two-day event will be made up of a series of talks and a guided walk to view sites and monuments in their landscape setting.

Further details and booking arrangements will be available nearer the time and will be found on the Commission’s website,

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