Cardiff University School of History and Archaeology
is working with the Vale of Glamorgan Council on an exciting new
project to increase community awareness and access to learning
Cosmeston Medieval Village and
the surrounding area.
The project aims to ensure that the community can investigate,
learn and take pride in this unique site and its surroundings
which are of significant historical and archaeological interest.
This will be achieved through an innovative programme of hands-on
experience and learning opportunities sensitive to the needs of
Follow the 2011 excavations on the Cosmeston
Archaeology Blog, on the Cosmeston
Facebook page or on the Cosmeston
Please visit our archaeological
and landscape survey
pages to find out more about our recent investigations.
Project launch 22nd March 2007 (Chris Fray, Professor
John Hines, Jane Stewart & Nick Coles)
© Vale of Glamorgan Council/Cardiff University Archaeology
Community Archaeology at Cosmeston
Current interpretation of the site at Cosmeston includes guided
tours of the reconstructed Medieval village site by costumed interpreters,
and a series of re-enactment and event weekends throughout the
year e.g. Medieval Easter, Medieval Fair and a Medieval Welsh
Rebellion. Guided tours and an education pack are also available
to local schools. It is hoped that by assessing the unpublished
archaeological archive, carrying out further investigations and
applying for funding, it will be possible to increase community
access to interpretation of the site and involvement in the process
of learning through archaeology. By involving the local community
in project development and choice of learning style from the outset
it is anticipated that the project will sensitively fulfil community
needs and lead to increased community pride in local heritage.
The project seeks to be innovative, inclusive and sustainable
from its inception, and seeks to provide an interesting archaeological
interpretative model for further study.
The Community Archaeologist for the Cosmeston site is currently
employed by Cardiff University School of History, Archaeology
and Religion as part of their commitment to Innovation and Engagement
with the local community.
The Community Archaeologist for the project is Dr Paula Jones.
John Hines of Cardiff University School of History
Mr Nick Coles - Cosmeston Medieval Village Manager:
Born and educated in Cardiff, Nick is an Archaeology graduate
of Leicester University and also has postgraduate qualifications
in Environmental Studies and Heritage Management, from Cardiff
and Birmingham Universities respectively.
He is an experienced archaeologist and has worked in the Golan
Heights for the Israel Antiquities Authority, as archaeological
supervisor with the Ironbridge Trust, and as project manager for
the Glamorgan-Gwent Archaeological Trust at Cosmeston. He has
also excavated at Usk and Monmouth. Currently lecturing for Cardiff
University Lifelong Learning, the Workers Education Association
and the University of the Third Age, Nick is also involved in
interpretive re-enactment from the Ancient Greek to Victorian
for British Archaeology
If you would like further information, or would like
to know how you can become involved with community archaeology
at Cosmeston, then please contact the Community Archaeologist:
Dr Paula Jones
Department of Archaeology
Cardiff School of History and Archaeology
Cardiff CF10 3EU