Summer 2011 Dig: 26th June - Thurs 20th
July, 10 am - 4 pm, everyday except Fridays.
Exciting archaeological excavations continue this summer with
the University team and public volunteers increasing their investigations
of the medieval manor house site. Visitors will be able to see
archaeological methods of investigation and recording taking place,
find out more from professional archaeologists, and see a range
of newly discovered artefacts.
For the duration of the excavation at Cosmeston, University archaeology
students and staff will explain their latest discoveries on free
public tours of the site daily at 10.30am and 2.30pm (except Fridays)
until 18 July. All are welcome and no booking is required.
Follow the 2011 excavations on the Cosmeston
Archaeology Blog, on the Cosmeston
Facebook page or on the Cosmeston
Cosmeston Archaeology Friends Group
Why not join the CAF group and support an exciting programme
of archaeological discovery in your local area?
Further details available in this document: Cosmeston
Archaeology Friends Group (word 25kb)
for Wales Our Place in the Future:
Reclaiming Our Past (2009-10)
Details of an exciting new project to involve
young people in archaeology at Cosmeston
Further details available in this document: Our
place in the Future (word 23kb)
Young volunteers working on the manor house site, 2009 (copyright CU)
- Sat 27th Feb - Tues 2nd March. Come along and see the first
excavation of 2010 in the Events Field at Cosmeston Medieval
Village. Cardiff University will be investigating an
area close to the site of the medieval manor house which was the
focus of excavations in 2009.
- Fri 27th, Sat 28th February and Sunday 1st March. Come and
see the University opening up a small excavation trench on the
manor house site in preparation for larger investigations during
June and July 2009.
- Saturday 27th June – Thursday 23rd July 2009 from 9 am – 4
pm (excluding Fridays). the University team and public volunteers
will be working together to investigate the site of the medieval
manor house known as Cosmeston Castle. They will be using archaeological
techniques, including excavation and recording, to find out
more about the structure and use of the building, and about
the people who may have lived there. Archaeological finds will
also be recorded, cleaned and labelled before they leave the
site for further analysis. Free guided tours will be available
twice daily and the excavation site will be clearly visible
from public footpaths within the Park to the west of the Medieval
- Mon 27th July – Friday 31st July from 10 am – 4 pm. Volunteers
will be able to help the University team with important post
excavation work after the main excavation. Activities may include
cleaning and labelling finds, organising data and helping with
- October Half Term 2009: Finds Processing Monday - Friday 11
am - 4 pm. Come and see the medieval pottery and other interesting
artefacts (some of them over 700 years old!) from the summer
dig being washed and packed ready for transport to Cardiff University.
- Bank Holiday Events: Sunday 4th/Monday 5th and Sunday 25th/Monday
26th May - The Community Archaeologist was in the museum at
the Medieval Village providing information about interesting
finds from previous excavations, and details of the new exciting
summer excavations starting in June 2008.
- From Wednesday 25th June - Sunday 20th July (not including
Tuesdays) and including the Council for British Archaeology
Archaeology Week (Saturday 12th - Sunday 20th July),
Cardiff University students were on site carrying out a number
of investigations and visitors were encouraged to find out more
about how these processes help us learn more about the archaeology
of the site, and volunteers were able to join in!
- October 2008 – Post excavation finds processing in the museum.
Community volunteers and visitors will get the opportunity to
see, handle and find out about real archaeological artefacts
from the exciting 2008 excavations!
- 17/18th May – Postgraduate Early Medieval Conference reception
held on site. Delegates will have the opportunity to learn more
about this unique site and how it can contribute to studies
of the Medieval period.
- Bank Holiday May 28th – Community Archaeologist on site to
talk about the archaeology of the site and the new project.
The public are warmly welcomed to come along to the museum to
see some of the interesting finds from previous excavations
and find out how they can become more involved.
- June 25th until July 20th (Mon-Fri) University students will
be working on previously excavated finds and providing a temporary
display of some interesting archaeological objects. Members
of the public are invited to drop in and find out more about
archaeology, and how they can become involved in the new project.
- Weekend 14/15th July - to launch National Archaeology Week,
free family friendly archaeology activities such as ‘children’s
mini excavation’ and colouring sheets, and project information
in the main park car park.
- Bank Holiday August 27th – Community Archaeologist will be
on site to talk about the results of the summer fieldwork and
what likely future investigations may include. The public are
encouraged to come along and see some of the interesting artefacts
and hear about how they can become involved in the project.
- 12th September - International ‘Ruralia’ archaeological conference
reception held on site and attended by the Welsh Assembly Heritage
Minister for Wales, Vale of Glamorgan Council officials, representatives
of CADW, National Museums & Galleries Wales, Glamorgan-Gwent
Archaeological Trust and conference delegates. This successful
event provided an opportunity for all to learn more about this
unique site and the new partnership project between Cardiff
University and the Vale of Glamorgan Council.
- Weekends 10/11th & 17/18th Nov (10 am -4 pm) – Staff and
students from Cardiff University will be carrying out a geophysical
landscape survey of the site to help inform future investigations,
and warmly welcome members of the public to come along and learn
about the process – you may even get a chance to have a go!
Opening times can be found on the Vale
of Glamorgan Council website