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Pendinas Archaeology Festival

Come and enjoy the Pendinas Archaeology Festival on Saturday 16 September between 10:00-16:00. This fun-filled festival for all ages will be celebrating the Pendinas Hillfort Community Archaeology Project, which was launched in March this year. Activities will run throughout the day in the Hub in Penparcau. There will be Celtic themed activities for all the family including slingshot firing, facepainting and pot making as well as heritage information stands. Map your wildlife memories of Pendinas with wildlife expert, Chloe Griffiths. Don’t miss the guided tours of the hillfort in the morning and the opportunity to meet and talk with volunteers excavating an Iron Age roundhouse within the hillfort.

At 12:30 join the Question-and-Answer session on metal detecting and archaeology with experts, David Howell from the Portable Antiquities Scheme and Christopher Catling of the Royal Commission. From 14:00 to 15:00 there will be unmissable talks by archaeologists Ken Murphy and Dr Toby Driver on ‘Recent and current archaeological excavations at Pendinas’ and ‘From the Celts to the Romans of Pendinas’. To round off the afternoon enjoy free tea, coffee, and a slice of celebratory hillfort cake!

Activities will include:

  • Iron Age Villagers from Castell Henllys take over the Hub!
  • Celtic activities for all the family at the Hub and on Pendinas!
  • Heritage information stalls in the Hub
  • Tours of Pendinas and an opportunity to chat with volunteers
  • Archaeology talks by experts:
    • 12:30: Q&A on Metal Detecting and Archaeology with David Howell and Christopher Catling
    • 14:00: ‘Recent and current archaeological excavations at Pendinas’ by Ken Murphy
    • 14:30: ‘From the Celts to the Romans of Pendinas’ by Dr Toby Driver
  • 15:00: Celebratory Tea and Cake

Free parking is available in Llwyn-yr-Eos School carpark. The ‘What3Words’ reference is drainage.waxes.latitudes.

Bring a picnic and enjoy the day!

This is a two-year partnership project between the Royal Commission and Dyfed Archaeological Trust and funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, with additional support from Cadw. Over the last six months the project has undertaken its first archaeological excavation staffed by 50 local volunteers and worked with over 100 children from the local primary school and led numerous walks for local community groups.

This is a free event open to all, there is no need to book in advance.

If you have any questions, please email: beca.davies@rcahmw.gov.uk and nicola.roberts@rcahmw.gov.uk


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