Time Team Head To Caerau
The latest episode of Channel 4’s Time Team, which aired last Sunday features Caerau in Cardiff, an ancient Hill Fort from the Iron Age. Caerau (Welsh for hill fort) is a huge hill which dominates Cardiff's largest housing estate, Ely. This archaeological dig was in conjunction with the CAER (Caerau And Ely Rediscovering) Heritage Project, which was part funded by AHRC under the Connected Communities programme.
The CAER Heritage Project works with local schools and the community to provide educational. Archaeologists from Cardiff University have teamed up with the local residents in order to explore the fascinating history of Ely and Caerau, focusing predominantly on the Caerau hill fort.
Hill forts are large defended settlements, surrounded by large banks and ditched known as ramparts. The ramparts of Caerau are now hidden under vegetation, but it was once home to one of the Silurian tribes who inhabited this area of wales before the invasion of the Romans.
This vast unexplored history of Caerau was the perfect catalyst to evoke interest in the local community. A group of 90 students from the Fitzalan, Mary Immaculate and Glyn Derw high schools, along with members of the community took part in the CAER project. The participants undertook a geophysical survey of the hill fort as well as excavating key areas of the site in conjunction with Channel 4's Time Team, developing a detailed picture of the history of this area. The pupils involved also created a large series of eco-graffiti artworks on the hill fort and designed tribal logos.
Dr. Dave Wyatt of the School of History, Archaeology and Religion who co-directs the CAER project said:
The project gives the pupils and community members a chance to get directly involved in archaeological research and to take part in a range of educational and fun activities such as Iron Age pottery workshops, artefact analysis and creative artwork. We hope that the CAER project will help them connect the past to the present, making the heritage of Ely and Caerau relevant and important for contemporary communities.
The AHRC is leading on Connected Communities, a cross council programme seeking to not only connect research on communities, but to connect communities with research. The CAER project is a great example of the work connected communities aims to help, as its engaging the local community in a positive way with research which provides them with more history and a communal sense of identity.Return to news list