Archaeology is the study of the material remains of human beings, from the earliest times to the present day. Archaeologists look for all sorts of clues to help them to understand how people lived in the past.
Through fieldwork, archaeologists at the Royal Commission help to provide a national overview of Welsh archaeology and historic architecture. Royal Commission archaeologists investigate different periods or aspects of the past through a programme of projects . For example, its industrial archaeologists are studying sites in Wales such as the Llangollen canal. Find out about the history of Wales in the Heritage of Wales section of this website. You’ll be able to read about the archaeology of the Uplands or the Welsh Coastline. Or, if you prefer, you can read about the different periods in Welsh history in the Across Time section or learn more about specific themes.
The technological developments of the last few decades have helped archaeologists to learn much more about the past and how humans have left their mark on the environment. Aerial Surveying is a powerful method of helping archaeologists to discover more about our history and to find new archaeological sites. You can find out how the Royal Commission uses different types of modern technology to help with their digital survey and recording work.
If you are studying an archaeology course and would like to find out more about specific archaeological sites in Wales, please search Coflein or contact the National Monuments of Wales enquiry service.
If you are undertaking a project involving the heritage of Wales at school, how about entering The Welsh Heritage Schools Initiative annual competition? For further details visit their website, www.whsi.org.uk.