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Did you know that around 1,800 years ago, Romans and Ancient Britons were neighbours – living very nearby, here in Caerau? What would happen if the Ancient Britons and the Romans had a football match? Who would win? Here at CAER Heritage we’ve been thinking about a Romans v Ancient Britons football game for some…

Get your ‘CAER Heritage’ t-shirt!

These shirts proved very popular when we first got them printed, and we ran out very quickly! So we are very pleased that we now have more on sale for you, family and friends! Our CAER Heritage logo was designed by pupils from Glyn Derw School (Now Cardiff West Community High School) under the guidance…

Myles and the Big Dig

Myles and his family took part in the Big Dig and this is how his day went… On the 8th of July I was doing a project called the CAER big Dig. Me and my family dug up a large pit, a square meter in our garden. As we dug the ground with shovels we…

CAER Big Dig – The Big Discoveries So Far

As we move towards the end of the second week of the CAER Big Dig, archaeologist Olly Davis gives us an update of the discoveries so far… “When we first thought about doing the CAER Big Dig back in March, it was the start of the lockdown and we didn’t know if anyone would want…

CAER Big Dig

Last week, me and my dad dug a test pit in the garden. At first I wasn’t really enthralled with the idea of sitting in the heat, digging and sifting through mud; the reason I decided to do it is because, as a family, we’re really connected to the house. My Grandmother was born in…

Archaeology Diary

My name is Oliver and I’m studying Archaeology at Cardiff University. As part of my course at the University, four weeks’ practical archaeology work must be undertaken. This could be in a museum or out in the field. During the first year, as part of my practical work I went to a private archaeology company…

Dyddiadur Archaeolog

Fy enw di Oliver, ac rydw i’n astudio Archaeoleg lan at y brifysgol yng Nghaerdydd. Fel rhan o fy nghwrs at y brifysgol mae angen cario mas pedwar wythnos o Waith ymarferol Archaeoleg. Galla hin fod mewn amgueddfa neu mas yn y cae. Y flwyddyn gyntaf fel rhan o fy Ngwaith ymarferol wnes i fynd…

National Play Day 2019: CAER-style

On August 7th we were invited by Cardiff Council Children’s Play Services to run an art activity at their fantastic annual National Play Day!  Following last year’s successful event held at Roath Rec, this year it was situated in the beautiful grounds of Llandaff fields alongside lots of other wonderful local organisations: Flying Start, Cardiff…

Learning through Iron Age play…

For the CAER Heritage Project, staff team, the relationship with the current residents of Caerau Hillfort and the surrounding area is just as important as its historic occupants. The immediate area, Church Road, is home not only to incredible history and archaeology but also an active and thriving community group, Unity. Our relationship with the…

Imaginative Play at the Hidden Hillfort launch event

On 29th June 2019, we hosted the launch of our fantastic CAER hillfort dig. We utilised the Gospel Hall & surrounding space to make this a fun filled, informative day – including walking tours to the dig itself, situated in the woods below the hillfort. Amongst other activities – including our ‘Love our Hillfort’ logo…

Passion for History & Learning

As a student of Ancient History and Archaeology at Cardiff University, who is welsh born, the opportunity to dig and be involved in the Hidden Hillfort project in Caerau was to good to miss.  This was made even better due to the outreach program and involvement of volunteers from surrounding areas and further afield. Taking…

CAER Heritage Hidden Hillfort at the Urdd National Eisteddfod

Cardiff Bay was the venue of the 2019 Urdd National Eisteddfod. On May 28th, the CAER Heritage Hidden Hillfort team were fortunate enough to be invited to have a stall, within the Cardiff University tent, in the Roald Dahl Plass. The CAER team, consisting of university staff and students, ACE staff and volunteers arrived bright…

Live Local Learn Local: Hidden Histories

Hidden Histories of Caerau and Ely In collaboration with CAER Heritage, a recent six-week course, Hidden Histories of Caerau and Ely was established by Cardiff University’s innovative Live Local Learn Local programme which delivers free accredited courses in communities facing social and economic challenges. CAER Heritage have embedded a whole range of these brilliant courses into our activities over the past 5 years,…

Ely’s best kept secret – India Grant

  The thing about this Cardiff gem is the fact it’s so well hidden. Standing at the bottom of a hill on a chilly December day there was little to indicate the presence of one of the largest, best- preserved hill-forts in South Wales. Yet, it’s there and well worth a visit. As one member…

Helen’s CAER journey

I have volunteered with the CAER Heritage Project since 2013.  Initially, my intention was to just ‘dip my toe’ into their local adult education archaeology courses, but I was immediately hooked.  I had been interested in archaeology from the comfort of my own home for far too long, and it was time for me to…

The Hidden Hillfort: creative co-production workshop

On Friday 13th November four artists from the ACE Breaking the Mould: Hands On Art At Our Place project met up with members of the management team of the new HLF funded Hidden Hillfort project, and CAER Heritage Project artist Paul Evans for a day of intensive creative co-production. Based around a series of exercises devised by…

Unearthing Utopia

Background In June 2016 CAER Heritage Project lead artist Paul Evans and local film maker Viv Thomas visited the Utopia Fair at Somerset House in London. Presented in partnership with the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the Connected Communities programme, the Utopia Fair showcased the creative outcomes from 25 AHRC-funded projects, including the…

The Model Village :: Part 3

On 24-26th June 2016 CAER Heritage Project Lead artist Paul Evans, artist and film maker Jon Harrison, local film maker Viv Thomas and historian Dan Jewson attended the Utopia Fair at Somerset House London. Over the weekend, 35 representatives from contemporary utopian movements from all over the UK took up stalls and fill the courtyard, celebrating the pockets of utopia…

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