CAER Heritage Project community digs are nothing if not groundbreaking (no pun intended) but this time we really feel that we have pioneered a first in archaeology – by creating a hi-tec animation studio directly on site.
Working with CAER Heritage Project lead artist Paul Evans, and film maker Jon Harrison, pupils from Glyn Derw High School and Michaelston Community College worked in small groups with the latest technology to create short animation sequences for our forthcoming film ‘CAER HEDZ’.
Then, during lunchtime, everyone on site – including young people, community volunteers and Cardiff University archaeologists – downed tools to each make an individual ‘Celtic Head’ based on Iron Age examples. Over 40 heads were made in this way – revealing an amazing amount of skill and creativity – and contributing to ‘a unique, collective, creative moment’.
8 of these heads will be used to create animations that will be lip-synched animations with local voices from volunteers that were interviewed in The Hubs at an earlier date.
Towards the end of the working day all of these heads were placed in an arrangement around one of the post-hole excavations, emerging, as it were from the deep past!
All photos © Paul Evans 2015