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Members' Weekend 2013 gallery

In September CBA members joined us in south west Wales for a packed weekend of archaeology in Pembrokeshire with leading archaeologists, CBA staff and old friends.

Day One

We started off in St David's, with a guided tour of the twelfth-century cathedral and shrine, joining local experts to explore sites around the area from early prehistory to the industrial revolution.

In the evening, Toby Driver (below right with Harold Mytum), aerial investigator with the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales gave a fascinating introduction to the diverse archaeology of Pembrokeshire from the air.

Harold Mytum and Toby Driver

Day Two

Graveyards expert, Professor Harold Mytum demonstrates the social significance of gravestones in Nevern churchyard.

Harold Mytum with CBA members at Nevern Church 2013

Pete Crane, Archaeologist for the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority demonstrates his excavations at twelfth-century Nevern Castle, Norman stronghold of Robert FitzMartin.

Pete Crane at Nevern Castle CBA Members' Weekend 2013

CBA Director, Dr Mike Heyworth tries the throne for size at Nevern Castle!

Dr Mike Heyworth Nevern Castle 2013

Behind the scenes tour with Professor Harold Mytum at the Iron Age hill fort of Castell Henllys which he excavated and reconstructed over a 27 year period.


Harold Mytum Castell Henllys CBA Members' Weekend 2013
Harold Mytum Castell Henllys reconstruction CBA Members' Weekend 2013

Experimental archaeology in action: Pete Crane tests the defensive capabilities of Castell Henllys as he assesses the range of his slingshot!

Pete Crane Castell Henllys CBA Members' Weekend 2013

Harold Mytum and Pete Crane share their views on the one of the most iconic Welsh archaeological monuments: the Neolithic tomb, Pentre Ifan.

Harold Mytum and Pete Crane Pentre Ifan 2013
Pentre Ifan Pembrokeshire c2013 CBA
Pentre Ifan Harold Mytum CBA Members' Weekend 2013
Pentre Ifan CBA Members' Weekend 2013
Pentre Ifan c2013 CBA

Professor Mike Parker-Pearson shares his groundbreaking fieldwork into the source of the bluestones which were transported from the Preselli Mountains to build Stonehenge. A fantastic opportunity for CBA members to hear one of the world's leading archaeologists talking about his cutting edge research project on location.

Mike Parker Pearson CBA Members' Weekend 2013
Mike Parker Pearson CBA Members' Weekend Pembrokeshire 2013

Not forgetting the Romans, we finished day two with dinner at Oriel y Parc in St Davids and a talk about the newly discovered and strategically important military fort at Wiston recently excavated by James Meek, Head of Field Services at Dyfed Archaeological Trust.

Day Three

Members had the chance to tour the impressive ruins of Carew Castle with Pete Crane, Archaeologist, and Phil Bennett, Head of Archaeological Heritage at the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority. 

Pete Crane at Carew Castle 2013

After lunch, we headed onto the coast path with Pete Crane to explore the industrial archaeology and stunning headland at Porthgain, with remains of nineteenth-century slate quarrying, brickmaking and roadstone production.

Pete Crane Porthgain CBA Members' Weekend 2013
Porthgain CBA Members' Weekend 2013

Pete Crane with CBA Finance Director, Peter Olver in Porthgain

Pete Crane Peter Olver CBA Members' Weekend 2013

Pete Crane with the CBA members' weekend event team at Castell Henllys (from left: Catrina Appleby, Louise Ennis, Mike Heyworth, Peter Olver and Sophie Pointon)

Pete Crane CBA Staff Castell Henllys 2013
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