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A fine day in Cardiff: the CAER Heritage Project

Date: 12/06/2014

The CAER Heritage Project was named overall winner at the Engage Public Engagement Awards yesterday (June 11th 2014). A collaborative research project between Cardiff University, Ely and Caerau Communities First, local schools and local residents, the project centres on one of Cardiff's most important, but little-known, archaeological sites, Caerau Iron Age hillfort.

Caerau hillfort is one of the largest and best preserved in South Wales. Recent excavations by the CAER Heritage Project team including more than 120 local volunteers showed that occupation started around 500BC and continued until at least the third century AD, well into the Roman period.

The suburbs of Caerau and Ely are two of Cardiff's most deprived areas, facing significant social and economic problems. The CAER Heritage Project's objective is to help the people of Caerau and Ely to connect with this site's fascinating the past and make it relevant to the present. From the outset the project's key objectives have been to put local people at the heart of cutting-edge archaeological research, to develop educational opportunities and to challenge stigmas and unfounded stereotypes ascribed to this part of Cardiff.

The CAER project is funded through the Connected Communities programme. The project will be the centerpiece of the Connected Communities Festival on the 1st and 2nd July in Cardiff. For further details and information about registration, please go to:

To find out more about the project see the AHRC film; One fine day in Cardiff: the CAER Heritage Project.

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