Royal Commission Christmas Lecture ─ Islands of Wales: Discovering the archaeology of Skomer and Grassholm by Louise Barker

Both Skomer and Grassholm are highly protected landscapes, managed largely for the benefits of their internationally renowned populations of breeding seabirds, namely puffins, manx shearwaters and gannets. They are also archaeological treasures; Skomer is one of the best preserved prehistoric landscapes in the British Isles and Grassholm, the most westerly land in Wales, reveals evidence of settlement and farming back to prehistory.

These are important places in which to study Island life and have been a focus of exciting new work by the Royal Commission who have been investigating the archaeology and environments of these remote landscapes

The Royal Commission Christmas Lecture will be given by Louise Barker, Senior Investigator in archaeology at the Royal Commission next Thursday 8 December in the Drwm of the National Library of Wales at 6pm. This event is being held in conjunction with the National Library’s late night shopping evening, which will include a number of special events including Côr ABC, and free mulled wine and mince pies in Pen Dinas café.

Places for this event are limited so booking is advised. For further details and booking, please contact the RCAHMW Enquiries team on 01970 621200, or Nicola Roberts, nicola.roberts@rcahmw.gov.uk, Tel:01970621248.

 

Fragmentary walls survive from an early settlement excavated in 1972, now surrounded by gannet nests

Fragmentary walls survive from an early settlement excavated in 1972, now surrounded by gannet nests.

 

RCAHMW aerial photograph of Grassholm Island, viewed from the east, NPRN 404206

RCAHMW aerial photograph of Grassholm Island, viewed from the east, NPRN 404206.

 

RCAHMW aerial photograph of Skomer Island, NPRN 402711

RCAHMW aerial photograph of Skomer Island, NPRN 402711.

 

Excavation of a prehistoric field lynchet on Skomer Island in Spring 2016

Excavation of a prehistoric field lynchet on Skomer Island in Spring 2016.

12/02/2016

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