Our Work

Please find some of our recent and current work below.

Bradley Court Cardiff – Landmark Student Accommodation and New Legislation

We were commissioned by AECOM on behalf of Vita (Cardiff) 1 Limited to carry out an archaeological assessment on the potential impacts of the proposed redevelopment of Bradley Court, Cardiff on the historic environment. Our report was one of the first to be submitted under the new planning guidelines set out by the The Historic Environment (Wales) Act 2016. The 2016 Act makes important improvements for the protection and management of the Welsh historic environment. It also stands at the centre of an integrated package of secondary legislation (Annexes 1-6), new and updated planning policy and advice, and best-practice guidance on a wide range of topics (TAN 24 Historic Environment). Taken together, these will support and promote the careful management of change in the historic environment in accordance with current conservation philosophy and practice. Following adoption of the TAN 24 Historic Environment on 31st May 2017, Welsh Office Circulars 60/96 Planning and the Historic Environment: Archaeology; 61/96 Planning and the Historic Environment: Historic Buildings and Conservation Areas; and 1/98 Planning and the Historic Environment have been cancelled. For further details please download the report here 1003 Bradley Court, Cardiff

St Mary’s Road, Portishead – archaeological watching brief

We are currently engaged in an archaeological watching brief in Portishead ahead of the development of five houses. There is the potential here for Prehistoric, Roman and medieval activity. So far we have recovered a few fragments of white transfer printed wares (18th/19th century), a glass fragment which may be Roman and a single sherd of a medieval ceramic (bodysherd) vessel. We have also recovered a flint nodule and a single sherd of local flint, possibly worked but highly abraded.

Pugh’s Garden Centre, Morganstown – archaeological watching brief

We are currently engaged in an archaeological watching brief for a new extended farm shop at Pugh’s Garden Centre, Morganstown. Here there is the potential to encounter Prehistoric (Bronze and Iron Ages), Roman, Early-medieval and Medieval activity in the general vicinity. With particular emphasis on the presence of a medieval Motte and Bailey castle (Scheduled Ancient Monument Gm256) located on the boundary of the garden centre. So far all we have discovered is a footplate for a fence or trellis from a 1970s market garden 3D footplate model.

Pont ar Daf Car Park, Brecon Beacons – archaeological field evaluation

We were commissioned by National Trust Wales to carry out an archaeological field evaluation ahead of a proposed extension to the existing car park to inform on the nature and extent of any archaeological remains at Pont ar Daf Car Park in the Brecon Beacons National Park. The proposed development consists of the construction of a new extended car park of around 263 spaces in an area of former forestry and Post-medieval settlement. There was a significant potential to encounter Prehistoric, Roman, Post-medieval and WWII defensive activity in the general vicinity. With particular emphasis on the presence of the Storey Arms WWII Anti-Invasion Stop Line (SAMBr337) and associated sites, the Beulah-Penydarren Roman Road (14900/14901/14902) and the old Storey Arms public house (115060), outbuildings and fieldscape.

Arguably the most significant discovery was that of the metalled surface found in Trench 6. It is possible that the poorly surviving metalled surface is the Beulah to Penydarren Roman road (RRX77 14900) suggested by Hogg and Houlder (1969), however, we did not recover any dating evidence to confirm this hypothesis. The road feature is very fragmented but appears to survive well, breaking the ground surface along the modern post and wire fence boundary. However, much more investigative work will be required to ascertain the origins of the metalled surface, if indeed it is Roman at all. For further details please download the report here 108 Pont ar Daf Car Park, Brecon Beacons.

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