Events and Activities



Reviewing the Evidence

A first step in an exploration into the past is to gather together available records and sources. Luckily a wealth of information already exists about the history and landscape of the Tywi valley.

Graveyard Survey

The dead still have tales to tell. So it was that an army of enthusiastic local volunteers braved the brambles and nettles to carefully scrutinize each of the individual gravestones and record their details.

Hedgerow Survey

As enlightening as desk-based research can be, nothing compares with getting out there to see things for yourself. Diverse subjects such as hedgerows, gravestones, ruins and standing buildings are all interesting subjects for investigation.

House Detectives

How often do you look at the buildings around you? That is, really look? So often they are ignored, a backdrop to our busy lives, familiar, constant and rarely given a second glance. But take a moment for a closer look and you might be surprised.

Testing the Theories

Evaluations are like an exploratory operation an opportunity to test the waters and gain as much information about the site with the least amount of disturbance.

Understanding a Changing Valley

The river Tywi is one of the most dynamic rivers in Wales and investigation of the sediments stored in its valley floor has revealed a history of erosion, deposition and flooding dating back to the end of the last glaciation. This exploration into the study of floodplain sediments shows how climate and land cover change have affected river behaviour during past millennia.

Unearthing the Past

An excavation is often the first experience anyone has of the wonderful world of archaeology – hot, dusty sites, the steady scrape of synchronised trowels and the ever expectant air of imminent discovery...

Valley at War

Of course the past doesn’t have to be distant to be fascinating. Events of the very recent past are just as gripping and their immediacy lends them an added poignancy. To hear tales from those who actually lived them is a real privilege, imparting a tangible sense of the past.

Garn Goch Festival

In July 2010 Carn Goch Iron Age hill fort, above Bethlehem, paid host to a free event held as part of the National Festival of British Archaeology, run by the Dyfed Archaeological Trust and Brecon Beacons National Park Authority.