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Hidden Hillfort project clinches top award

18 January 2024

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(L-R) Dr Oliver Davis and artist Paul Evans accept the award from the Council for British Archaeology

The achievements of a successful community archaeology initiative have been recognised at a national awards ceremony.

The Caerau and Ely Rediscovering (CAER) Heritage Project was a winner in the Archaeological Achievement Awards’ Engagement and Participation category.

CAER is a partnership between Cardiff University, Action in Caerau and Ely (ACE), local schools, residents and heritage partners. It is centred around Caerau Hillfort, a heritage site of national significance.

Over the past decade, it has worked to raise the profile of the site, culminating in the building of a new community centre, alongside high-profile archaeological digs of the area.

Judges described the equality, diversity and inclusion impacts of the project as “phenomenal”.  They added: “Reviving the community was a huge part of this project, with archaeology bringing people together, helping to create a sense of belonging and togetherness that was previously missing, but sorely needed.”

CAER Project co-director Dr Oliver Davis, based at the University’s School of History, Archaeology and Religion, said: “We are over the moon to collect this award, which I accepted on behalf of all the people who have given up their time to make CAER what it is today. There is no doubt that the project's success is down to the amazing skills, knowledge and commitment of all the volunteers, people and organisations involved, and this award recognises their incredible achievements over the last 10 years. I can't wait to see what we can all achieve together over the next 10.”

Operational and Development Manager who is leading the Caer project for ACE, Sam Froud Powell, said: “We are thrilled to hear that the CAER partnership has won the Archaeology Achievement Award. This is a testament to the passion, energy and enthusiasm of all those involved and recognises the huge long term impact this partnership has had for our community.”

Formerly the British Archaeology Awards, the awards are coordinated by the Council for British Archaeology (CBA) with the support of a judging panel and aim to celebrate archaeological achievements from across the United Kingdom and Ireland.

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