Caerau Hillfort dig seeks 2,000 volunteers

A search for 2,000 volunteers for an archaeology dig at the Iron Age fort in Caerau is under way by Cardiff University.

The Caerau hill fort is thought to have been occupied from the 5th Century BC by the Silurian tribe.

A dig last year involving 1,000 people found its use may have continued into the late Roman era or even later.

The Caerau And Ely Rediscovering Heritage (Caer) Project runs until 25 July.

Organisers say work on the site since 2011 has helped rewrite the history of early Cardiff, revealing an early occupation date for a hill fort with “massive” ramparts.

Last year’s excavations revealed:

  • Five large Iron Age roundhouses, a roadway, extensive assemblages of Iron-age and Roman pottery and a decorated Iron Age glass bead
  • Evidence showing occupation at the site stretched from the Bronze Age through to the late Roman era and beyond
  • Burnt seeds and well-preserved animal bones which show the prehistoric occupants of Cardiff kept cattle, sheep, pigs and horses and grew oats, barley and wheat

Caer Heritage Project co-director Olly Davis said: “During the 2013 dig, more than 1,000 local people visited the dig while it was happening, and 120 more were directly involved in the archaeological work.

“Our challenge this year is to attract twice as many visitors and to get the people of South Wales to value this amazing site and celebrate the remarkable communities which live in its shadow.”


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