CAER Heritage project - new animated film: 'CAER HEDZ'
The CAER Heritage Project continues to go from strength to strength, and their latest offering is a stop-motion animation film made over the course of the 2015 Digging Caerau excavation, with all diggers and volunteers making Celtic Heads out of clay during one afternoon on the dig, as well as the pupils of a local school, Michaelston Community College. The film features the voices of local people, volunteers, community development workers & CAER staff. This follows on from last year's AHRC film giving an overview of the dig and the project - 'A fine day in Cardiff: the CAER Heritage Project' - which can be viewed here.
The project is 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 project is funded through the Connected Communities programme and its 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 HEDZ' animated film, is funded by AHRC Connected Communities Festival Grant.
The project Director, David Wyatt has been interviewed about the project and the film by local satellite channel MadeinCardiff TV, which will be aired tonight at 7pm. http://www.madeincardiff.tv/.
For a rolling report on present work, please see the blog - http://caerheritageproject.com/caer-blog/