"Bora Da! My name is Caroline and I am the CATP with Cadw, Nantgarw, Cardiff. Since I was barely able to walk, I’ve always been happy grovelling around in the dirt but bizarrely my teenage ambition was to be a barrister. Yet here I find myself having graduated from Cardiff University with an undergraduate degree in Ancient History and Archaeology, an MA in archaeology from Reading and a PhD from Cardiff, never having looked back once! I was properly hit with the archaeology bug while excavating a midden at the site of Bornish, South Uist, in the Outer Hebrides. Talk about starting at the bottom, digging up someone else’s rubbish! Since then my interest has grown and after some time working both in commercial archaeology and in retail, I found myself back in Cardiff studying for my PhD. My thesis investigated how identities were played out through material culture in the Severn Estuary from the C 1st B.C. to the end of the C 2nd A.D. The world views of past people and the interaction of different cultures remains my main interest and the archaeology of the Roman Empire provides the perfect resource for this, as does much of Welsh heritage.
"During my time at Cardiff I was able to teach both undergraduates and postgraduates in the classroom and in the field. Over the past five years I have also been heavily involved with the excavations at Caerleon Legionary Fortress, SE Wales, where I developed a love for outreach and public engagement. The CATP opportunity with Cadw will allow me to help others discover something about their heritage and perhaps even find that spark that I did at Bornish. I am so lucky to have the resources and contacts made available by Cadw and the CBA and am very much looking forwards to working with all areas of society across Wales. It’s also going to be great to get a chance to do something that’s not Roman!"
Caroline has recently been in the news for her work at Llanmelin Wood hill fort, near Caerwent, Monmouthshire. The dig, led by Cadw and part of Operation Nightingale, aimed to rehabilitate injured soldiers and teach them new skills.