CBA Wales’ Offa’s Dyke Mini-Conference – ‘NEW PERSPECTIVES ON THE DYKE’

CBA Wales’ Spring Business meeting and postponed AGM was this year held on the 30th and 31st March at the Offa’s Dyke Centre, Knighton, as part of a mini-conference celebrating 50 years of the Offa’s Dyke Association and 75 years of the CBA.

Attendees heard about the latest excavations, research and news, learnt about conservation and management and debated the future of the path and the dyke. On the Sunday we had a guided walk along 7 miles of dyke with the National Trail Officer. A wide variety of interesting talks ended on a positive note looking towards the future and the forthcoming implementation of the Offa’s Dyke Conservation Management Plan and the new Offa’s Dyke Journal. Professor Howard Williams of Chester University and the Offa’s Dyke Collaboratory kindly wrote a useful write up of the event which can be viewed here.




CBA Wales members get a 15% discount on new BAR publication ‘Neolithic and Bronze Age Funerary and Ritual Practices in Wales, 3600–1200 BC‘ by Geneviève Tellier. This book brings together for the first time all of the burials and funerary practices from the Middle Neolithic to the end of the Middle Bronze Age (3600-1200 BC) in Wales into one coherent volume. The research is based on an analysis of chronological, contextual and osteological data from a comprehensive dataset of excavated human bone deposits from funerary and ritual monuments.

To get details for ordering, interested members should email:









heritage angels

Vote for an Angel

Members of the public are being invited to vote for their favourite Heritage Angel under an awards scheme sponsored by the Andrew Lloyd-Webber Foundation.

Fifteen people and projects have been selected for the awards shortlist and everyone is invited to say which one they think should win the ‘People’s Choice’ award. Details are on the Heritage Angel Awards Wales webpages and voting closes at midnight on 4 November, 2018.

The winners will be announced on 8 November at Caerphilly Castle – a chance to see who has been chosen and whether the public vote and the judges’ decisions agree.

Six awards will be given out at the ceremony at Caerphilly Castle on 8 November presented by Rhys Mwyn (BBC Radio Cymru presenter, blogger and archaeologist). Five winners will be selected by a distinguished panel of judges chaired by Baroness Kay Andrews.

The sixth award will be for the public’s favourite and everyone has a vote – so have a look at the Heritage Angel Awards Wales website, be inspired by the work of volunteers, trainees, apprentices, young people and heritage professionals in repairing or rescuing historic buildings or making new discoveries, and vote for the one you think should win an award.

The fifteen shortlisted by the judges are:

Best Contribution to a Heritage Project by Young People

* Thornhill Primary School, Cardiff

* Ysgol Dyffryn Aman, Carmarthenshire

* Unloved Heritage – Ceredigion Heritage Youth Panel

Best Craftsperson or Apprentice on a Heritage Rescue or Repair Project

* Rachael Cochrane and Liam Davies, Monmouth and Brecon Canal

* Matthew Roberts and Brett Burnell, St Fagans

* Hugh Haley, Yr Ysgwrn

Best Heritage Research, Interpretation or Recording

* Discovering Old Welsh Houses Group

* The Lost World of the Welsh Chapel

* Archif Menywod Cymru / Women’s Archive Wales

Best Rescue of an Historic Building or Place (for projects under £5m)

* Yr Ysgwrn, Trawsfynydd

* Insole Court, Cardiff

* Plas Kynaston, Cefn Mawr, Wrexham

Best Major Regeneration of an Historic Building or Place (for projects in excess of £5m)

* St Fagans, Cardiff

* Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea

* Cardigan Castle, Ceredigion


September 2018

A short report on our community dig near Holt, Wrexham produced in Isycoed Community Newsletter.

Capper's Lane


Public Consultation

Adapting to climate change – Expert group proposes fresh approach to management of our historic environment

A group of experts brought together to advise on how to manage some of Wales’ most iconic historic sites in the light of climate change is proposing a fresh approach, based on the need to adapt to the new reality. They are seeking feedback and engagement on their plan.

The Historic Environment Group is launching a consultation on their new Historic Environment and Climate Change: Sector Adaptation Plan. This outlines how the historic environment sector in Wales should address the challenge of climate change.

Minister for Culture, Tourism and Sport, Lord Elis-Thomas, said: “We have to re-think the way we manage the historic environment in Wales to respond to the threats of climate change. While we are taking steps to limit climate change, we must also adapt to the changes which are already happening as a result of historic and ongoing emissions. I’d like to thank the Historic Environment Group for this plan to help raise awareness of the issues and would urge those in the sector to respond to this important consultation and to share experiences and ideas.”

Some of Wales’ most iconic sites are threatened by warmer temperatures, rising sea levels, changing rainfall patterns and more frequent extreme weather events. So those responsible for managing these sites must re-think the way they have done things in the past. There is a need to encourage collaboration and action across all sectors that will improve understanding, build adaptive capacity and increase the resilience of the historic environment.

Those are the key conclusions of an expert working group set up to advise the Welsh Government on how to manage sites as diverse as Dinas Dinlle Hillfort near Caernarfon, the Bathrock Shelter in Aberystwyth, and the Waen Fignen Felen Mesolithic site in the Brecon Beacons.

Chair of the Historic Environment Group Climate Change Sub Group, Jill Bullen said: “Many of those managing these very important sites are already thinking deeply about climate change and its implications on their work. We have tried to learn from their expertise and share their experience and lessons learned more widely”

The adaptation plan highlights a number of case studies where this new approach is already being developed. At the Waun y Fignen Felen hunting site in the Brecon Beacons valuable archaeological evidence is being lost due to the drying out of a bog. Here, favourable hydrology is being restored by rewetting the bog to conserve and enhance biodiversity and the archaeological values of the site.

At Dinas Dinlle hillfort, near Caernarfon, the western side of the site is being washed away by the sea. While natural erosion, enhanced by climate change, is accepted as part of the management of the site, public access is causing increased erosion. Here

wooden pathways to control erosion, a fence constructed along the edge and other footpath erosion repairs have been undertaken. New research is underway led by a team of archaeologists, surveyors, geographers and scientists from the European-funded CHERISH project.

The group are looking for people working within the sector, within other sectors and anyone else who has suggestions, to take part in the consultation.

The draft plan and consultation questions can be found on the Historic Environment Group page on the Cadw website. The consultation will close on 7th December.


Dr Toby Driver, RCAHMW, discusses Climate Change and Coastal Heritage at CBA Wales’  2018 conference.

Addasu i newydd yr hinsawdd – Grwp arbenigol yn cynnig agwedd newydd tuag at reoli’r amgylchedd hanesyddol

Mae grŵp o arbenigwyr a alwyd ynghyd i roi cyngor ar sut i reoli rhai o safleoedd hanesyddol mwyaf eiconig Cymru yng ngoleuni newid yr hinsawdd, yn cynnig syniadau newydd, yn seiliedig ar yr angen i addasu i’r realiti newydd. Maent yn gofyn am adborth ar eu cynllun.

Mae Grŵp yr Amgylchedd Hanesyddol yn lansio ymgynghoriad ar eu Cynllun Addasu ar gyfer yr Amgylchedd Hanesyddol a Newid Hinsawdd. Mae hyn yn amlinellu sut y dylai’r sector amgylchedd hanesyddol yng Nghymru fynd i’r afael â her newid yn yr hinsawdd.

Meddai’r Gweinidog dros Ddiwylliant, Twristiaeth a Chwaraeon, yr Arglwydd Elis-Thomas: “Rhaid inni ailystyried sut rydym yn rheoli’r amgylchedd hanesyddol yng Nghymru i ymateb i fygythiadau newid yn yr hinsawdd. Er ein bod yn cymryd camau i gyfyngu ar newid yn yr hinsawdd, rhaid inni hefyd addasu i’r newidiadau sydd eisoes yn digwydd o ganlyniad i allyriadau hanesyddol a pharhaus. Hoffwn ddiolch i’r Grŵp Amgylchedd Hanesyddol am y cynllun hwn i helpu codi ymwybyddiaeth o’r materion a fe fyddwn i’n annog pawb yn y sector i ymateb i’r ymgynghoriad pwysig hwn ac i’w rannu profiadau a syniadau. “

Mae rhai o safleoedd mwyaf eiconig Cymru yn cael eu bygwth gan dymheredd cynhesach, lefel y môr yn codi, patrymau glaw yn newid a digwyddiadau tywydd eithafol mwyaf cyffredin. Felly mae’n rhaid i’r rhai sy’n gyfrifol am reoli’r safleoedd hyn ail-feddwl y ffordd y maent wedi gwneud pethau yn y gorffennol. Mae angen annog cydweithredu a gweithredu ar draws pob sector a fydd yn gwella dealltwriaeth, yn adeiladu gallu addasu ac yn cynyddu gwydnwch yr amgylchedd hanesyddol.

Dyma gasgliadau allweddol y arbenigol a sefydlwyd i gynghori Llywodraeth Cymru ar sut i reoli safleoedd mor amrywiol â Bryngaerau Dinas Dinlle ger Caernarfon, y Lloches Bathrock yn Aberystwyth, a safle Mesolithig Waen Fignen Felen ym Mannau Brycheiniog.

Dywed Jill Bullen, Cadeirydd Grŵp Newid Hinsawdd Grŵp yr Amgylchedd Hanesyddol, Jill Bullen: “Mae llawer o’r rheini sy’n rheoli’r safleoedd pwysig iawn hyn eisoes yn meddwl yn ddwfn am newid hinsawdd a’i oblygiadau ar eu gwaith. Rydym wedi ceisio dysgu o’u harbenigedd a rhannu eu profiad a gwersi a ddysgwyd yn ehangach “

Mae’r cynllun addasu yn tynnu sylw at nifer o astudiaethau achos lle mae’r dull newydd hwn eisoes yn cael ei ddatblygu. Yn safle hela hanesyddol Waun y Fignen Felen ym Mannau Brycheiniog, mae tystiolaeth archeolegol werthfawr yn cael ei golli oherwydd fod y gors yn sychu allan. Yma, mae hydroleg ffafriol yn cael ei adfer trwy ailsefydlu’r gors i warchod a gwella bioamrywiaeth a gwerthoedd archeolegol y safle.

Ym mryngaer Dinas Dinlle, ger Caernarfon, mae ochr orllewinol y safle yn cael ei olchi i ffwrdd gan y môr. Er bod erydiad naturiol, sy’n digwydd yn gyflymach o lawer oherwydd newid yn yr hinsawdd, yn cael ei dderbyn fel rhan o reolaeth y safle, mae mynediad i’r cyhoedd yn achosi mwy byth o erydiad. Yma mae llwybrau pren i reoli erydiad, ffens a adeiladwyd ar hyd ymyl y safle ac atgyweirio erydiad llwybrau eraill wedi digwydd yn ddiweddar. Mae ymchwil newydd yn cael ei arwain gan dîm o archeolegwyr, syrfewyr, geograffwyr a gwyddonwyr o brosiect CHERISH a ariennir gan yr Undeb Ewropeaidd.

Mae’r grŵp yn chwilio am bobl sy’n gweithio o fewn y sector, mewn sectorau eraill ac unrhyw un arall sydd ag awgrymiadau, i gymryd rhan yn yr ymgynghoriad.

Gellir gweld y cynllun drafft a’r cwestiynau ymgynghori ar dudalen Grŵp Amgylchedd Hanesyddol ar wefan Cadw. Bydd yr ymgynghoriad yn cau ar 7 Rhagfyr.



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