Discover The Ancient History of The Gwent Levels

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Church of St Thomas

Redwick

NP26 3EA

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Join archaeologists on an expedition to discover the ancient history of the Gwent Levels.

The Gwent Levels in south east Wales is home to an incredible landscape, full of history, stories and archaeology - all waiting to be rediscovered. The Levels have been maintained by local people for over a thousand years, and with archaeological evidence dating as far back as 8,000 years to the Mesolithic, there’s still so much to learn!

Want to have a fun day out, while also learning about the ancient history of the Gwent Levels? Come and join one of our archaeological expeditions!

This event is all part of Living Levels. Together with local residents, historians, archaeologists, archivists, and anyone who is even just a little bit interested in history, we're aiming to create an online map showcasing the area's extraordinary history.

You can sign up for just one expedition, or join as many as you like. You can even sign up for all of them, to create your own week-long archaeological adventure!

Tue 30 July - Making digital maps (09:30 - 16:30)

Join us for a day learning about the hottest new techniques that archaeologists are using to map ancient sites in 3D: High resolution maps made with LiDAR (lasers) and how to use GIS (Geographic Information Systems).

Wed 31 July - Field survey (09:30 - 16:30)

Together, we'll go out and survey local areas with exciting archaeological features, still hidden beaneath the surface. The information we gather will be used on our online digital map, highlighting the archaeological potential of the Levels.

Thu 01 Aug - Foreshore survey (12:30 - 17:00)

Join Professor Martin Bell for a walk along the foreshore for an Intertidal survey to identify more potential archaeology as it continues to be exposed along the coast.

Fri 02 Aug - Historic Buildings (09:30 - 16:30)

Join us for a walk around Redwick where we will learn about the unique and wonderful buildings of the area. Together, we will document and record these structures, including them in the online map so others can see them too!

Sat 03 Aug - Digging! (09:30 - 16:30)

Come and get your hands dirty, and take part in a mini-excavation. We'll be digging 'test pits' in and around Redwick to learn more about the purpose and history of some of the lesser known areas of the village. Great for a first taste of archaeology!

Sun 04 Aug - Digging! (09:30 - 16:30)

Come and get your hands dirty, and take part in a mini-excavation. We'll be digging 'test pits' in and around Redwick to learn more about the purpose and history of some of the lesser known areas of the village. Great for a first taste of archaeology!


*Who can join the expeditions?*

Anyone aged 12+ can join the expeditions (children must be accompanied by a participating adult). No previous experience is required - everyone is welcome!

If you have any health or mobility issues, our team will do everything we can to help you have the best archaeological experience possible - just email us in advance to find out how we can help. But please bear in mind the surveys will be taking place on rough and uneven ground.


*Where do I meet you?*

We will be meeting at the bus shelter outside of the Church of St Thomas in Redwick at 09:30 (or 12:00 on Thursday). You'll be able to spot it easily as it's home to several mill stones, various local archaeological finds and a set of stocks!

Once everyone has arrived we will then head out on our expedition or to the designated venue all together. Don't worry, you will not be spending your day in a bus shelter.


*What do I need to bring?*

We'll provide all the archaeological tools and training you'll need, plus tea and biscuits. You just need to bring a pinch of curiosity and the following items:

- Packed lunch, snacks and plenty of drinks

- Sturdy boots (walking boots, Doc Martins or similar)

- Weather appropriate clothing (waterproofs/sunhat/suncream)

- Fully charged smartphone (if you want to take your own photos and make your own notes)


*What's the schedule like?*

**Each day will run from 09:30 - 16:30, except the foreshore survey on Thursday 01 August which will run 12:00 - 17:00**

The exact activities will vary each day, depending on the expedition we have planned, but they will all include a briefing, a lunch break, and an end of day de-brief... something like this:

9:30 - Meet for morning briefing. Please arrive in plenty of time, so we can get to know one another, outline the the activites for the day, and complete a risk assessment. We can't get started until everyone has done this!

13:00 - Lunch

13:45- Afternoon session begins

16:00 - Tools down for tea and an end of day debrief.

16:30 - End of day


*What will I learn?*

-Survey – Working with professional archaeologists, you’ll learn how to conduct landscape surveys and record historic buildings.

- Excavation - You'll get to dig alongside archaeologists and help the team to learn more about the Gwent Levels. You’ll learn to excavate, identify and record different archaeological layers.

- And much, much more… Every day is different, and every day there’ll be a new archaeological puzzle to work on, a new archaeological skill to develop, and a whole load of history to help us unravel!

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