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'Exploration Tywi!' is a community research project which will explore the historical and natural
processes and events which have contributed to the outstanding landscape of the Tywi valley, through historical,
geological and archaeological investigation.
Exploration Tywi! forms part of the Landscape Partnership
scheme, Tywi Afon yr Oesoedd, whose purpose is to celebrate and
enhance the landscape of the Tywi valley. Over the next two years
various activities and events will be taking place in the river
valley, based between Llangadog and Dryslwyn.
The Dyfed Archaeological Trust will be leading Exploration Tywi! with a programme of interlinked
activities involving schools, local interest groups and members of the public to discover more about the landscape
of the Tywi valley. Not only will these activities be a unique opportunity for volunteers to explore and investigate
the Tywi valley, but also this will be a chance to learn new skills in research and survey techniques. If you
would like to get involved with any of these activities, or be kept informed of the project please contact
The following activities are planned for
House Detectives I
How much do you
know about your home? What is its history? When was it built
and what is it built from? Has it been added to or altered?
Learn how to answer these questions and
more by joining our House Detective project. Here you will
learn detailed basic building recording and ways in which
to gain access to historical data that will guide you to discovering
your house’s history.
House Detectives II
Following on from the basic recording of buildings in House
Detectives I you will now be given the opportunity to carry
out more detailed building recording at selected sites.
Five historic buildings will be chosen from the project area,
and will be investigated in greater detail to try to discover
their origins and development.
Travelling through time - Communication routes
through the valley
A study of travel to and through
the Tywi Valley, from Roman roads to railways. These historical
routes will be traced through the modern landscape as we look
at their impact on the character of the valley and enhance
our understanding of the areas they crossed and linked.
We shall look at what still survives, recording
such features as milestones and river-crossings, and analyse
the historic accounts of travellers through the valley.
The Valley at War
Discover the impact of warfare on the Tywi Valley, from identifying
historic battle sites to studying the evidence left by the
1st and 2nd World Wars.
Photographic, drawn and written records
will be collated of any surviving features, such as air raid
shelters or prisoner-of war camps.
Do you have a story to tell? Oral accounts
of valley life during the two world wars will be collected.
How was the Tywi Valley formed?
What changes have occurred in its habitat and species? How
has the river responded to environmental change, how has its
course changed over time and why does it flood? These are
some of the questions to be addressed by a series of surveys
aimed at reconstructing the ancient environment of the valley.
Eight discreet study sites will be identified
by a geophysical survey within the project area. These sites
will be located on old river channels and islands and samples
will be taken for detailed analysis.
Sensing the Past - Archaeological Geophysical
Help us to investigate the prehistoric settlement
of the Tywi Valley and how it influenced later settlement patterns.
Two prehistoric enclosures and associated features
that were identified during the 2007 gas pipeline project will be
surveyed to discover the full extent of the buried archaeology.
Unearthing the past - Main Archaeoogical
As part of Exploration Tywi! we would like to
give you the opportunity to join us in investigating the deserted
farmstead of Wernfawr. Following on from the evaluation excavations
which took place last autumn we are extending our investigations
to see if we can find out the origins of the farmstead and what
activities were undertaken there. What can we find out about life
on a rural farmstead?
Participants will help dig and record a deserted settlement using
archaeological excavation and recording skills.
The excavation will take place between the 13th April and 3rd May
If you would like to take part please contact Alice Pyper or Hazel
Williams 01558 823121 / email@example.com
Come and join us in 'Exploration Tywi!'
Telephone 01558 823131 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Activities from 2009