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Thursday, 19 April 2012

Metals, Mines and Mountains - Ystrad Meurig

11 and 12 May, 2012
10:00 – 16:30
Ystrad Meurig Community Centre

An exciting dayschool on upland and industrial archaeology, with talks from leading experts on recent work in Ceredigion and beyond, with a 6 mile guided walk on the following day to see industry and archaeology in the local landscape.

For more than two decades the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales has carried out archaeological survey work across the mountains and moorlands of Wales as part of its Upland Archaeology Initiative. As a result a new picture of life in the uplands has emerged with the discovery of abandoned settlements, farms, ritual sites and industrial activity. These give us a fresh insight into the lives of our ancestors who have shaped this landscape over thousands of years.

This year Metal Links, a new, European-funded project, has also begun to look further into the industrial landscape of the uplands. The project will focus on discovering and telling the story of the metal mining industries of Wales and Ireland.

The Metals, Mines and Mountains dayschool will hear talks from eminent archaeologists and local specialists on current research in industrial archaeology from around Wales and beyond, including local case studies from Ceredigion. The two-day event will be made up of a series of talks on Friday and a 6-mile guided walk around the historic landscape of Trefeurig (SN 680 840), taking in mines and hillforts, on Saturday, starting at 10:00.

The event will cost £5 to cover lunch and refreshments on Friday. Please ensure that you bring a packed lunch if attending the walk on Saturday as well as suitable clothing and footwear.
Booking is essential; details can be found at

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