|After many months of hard work, the formal launch of the Metal Links project was celebrated by a splendid cake.|
|Professor David Austin, University of Wales Trinity Saint David, delivering an inspirational lecture to delegates at the conference.|
The afternoon talks focussed on the theme of metal mining. This included an introduction to the ‘Metal Links’ project and a talk by one of the project partners from Ireland on metal mining in his home country. This part of the afternoon finished with the formal launch of the ‘Metal Links’ project and the presentation of a magnificent cake, designed to represent the Ystrad Einion metal mine in north Ceredigion; a real treat during tea break! Ystrad Einon was then discussed in greater depth by Royal Commission Investigator Louise Barker, who showed an animation recreating the mine. It was great to see how modern technology can really bring archaeology to life. The final part of the day continued to look at metal mining in Ceredigion and included a talk by Simon Timberlake on his work with the Early Mines Research Group into prehistoric mining in the area. We also explored the evidence for medieval mining, concentrating around Strata Florida abbey. All in all, it was an excellent day. Thank you to all the speakers for their fantastic presentations, to the Royal Commission and ‘Metal-Links’ project for organising the event, to the Edward Richard Centre and its staff for taking such excellent care of everyone and of course to all of those who came. The day was a great success and I am sure we are all looking forward to seeing what exciting discoveries next year’s forum will bring.
To find out more about the Royal Commission’s Metal Links project, http://www.rcahmw.gov.uk/HI/ENG/Our+Services/Research+and+Recording/Metal+Links+Project/
To learn about the Royal Commission’s uplands archaeology initiative, look at: http://www.rcahmw.gov.uk/HI/ENG/Our+Services/Uplands+Archaeology+Initiative/
Also to find out more about the uplands archaeology of Wales, visit: http://www.rcahmw.gov.uk/HI/ENG/Heritage+of+Wales/Places/Uplands/
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