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West elevation of the ruins at Llwynywormwood, Carmarthenshire (Image: DS2005_065_018 / NPRN: 15731) Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, Llangollen Canal, Froncysllte. 2005. (Image: DI2005_0878 / NPRN: 34410)

Uplands Archaeology

This year’s Uplands Archaeology Forum will be held on Friday 9 May 2014 at the Red Kite Centre, Sennybridge Training Area (SENTA) in Powys. This will be an open event, held in partnership with the Defence Infrastructure Organisation and Clwyd-Powys Archaeological Trust. During the morning session fieldworkers will give presentations on this year’s work in the uplands archaeology project, while the afternoon will be dedicated to papers about the archaeology of upland military landscapes in Wales.

On Saturday 10 May there will be a field visit to archaeological sites on the military training area. Further details of meeting arrangements and times for this will be circulated after booking has closed.

This will be a rare opportunity to attend an event at the training area and for delegates to hear more about the archaeology of Mynydd Epynt and other archaeological landscapes in Wales, and to visit sites around the range in the company of archaeologists and military personnel.

To register for either event  please contact David Leighton on 01970 621204 or david.leighton@rcahmw.gov.uk .

The cost of the dayschool is £20 which includes sit-down lunch, refreshments and admission, payable in advance by credit card or cheque on registration. The Saturday field trip is free but places are limited.

Pre-registration is necessary to allow admittance through security on the day. Photo ID is essential to allow entry, and you will be refused entry without it. No unbooked delegates will be admitted to the range on the day. 

Upland Archaeology and Military Landscapes in Wales

A dayschool organised by the Royal Commission in collaboration with The Defence Infrastructure Organisation & Clwyd-Powys Archaeological Trust.

Sennybridge Training Area – Friday 9th May

09:00 – 10.00  Assemble for coffee at Red Kite Centre, Sennybridge Camp

Please arrive early and allow time for security checks. Report to the Guardroom on arrival. Car parking on Parade Ground next to Centre. Photo ID is essential to allow entry, and you will be refused entry without it.

10.10      Welcome  - Major Eddie Mahony MBE, Camp Commandant.

10.20    Introduction to the dayschool - Dr Toby Driver, Reconnaissance Team Leader, RCAHMW.

10.30      Opening address: Mynydd Epynt (Sennybridge Training Area): An introduction to the archaeological landscape - Dr Bob Silvester (Deputy Director & Head of Field Services, CPAT).

11.00 Recent Work on the Uplands Archaeology of Wales.

Chair: Henry Owen John  (Vice-chair, RCAHMW)

11.10      Recent surveys in Snowdonia - Richard Hayman (Hayman & Horton).

11.30    The Montgomeryshire Residual Moorlands - Paul Sambrook (Trysor).

11.50    The West Monmouthshire uplands - Richard Hayman (Hayman & Horton).

12.10    Cows in the mountains and other stories: the archaeology of Capel Curig and Nant y Benglog - Jane Kenney (Senior archaeologist for Gwynedd Archaeological Trust).

12.30    Lunch – Range NAAFI canteen with lunch ticket

    ...and viewing of Prisoner of War Alpine wall paintings in Cookhouse.

13:30  Upland Military Landscapes in Wales – past, present and future.

Chair: Toby Driver

13.30    The development of Conflict Archaeology in Wales - Jon Berry (Senior Inspector of Ancient Monuments and Archaeology, Cadw).

14.00     Priorities for the archaeology of Britain’s training areas - Richard Osgood (Senior Archaeologist, Conservation).

14.30    The military history of Sennybridge Training Area – Mark Khan (Independent military historian, SENTA Conservation Group).

14:50    Tea/Coffee.

15:20    The military landscape of the Bronaber Ranges, Snowdonia - Dr Bob Johnston (Senior Lecturer in Landscape Archaeology, University of Sheffield).

15.50    Upland military sites in Clwyd and Powys: recent work and future directions - Jeff Spencer (Historic Environment Record Officer, CPAT).

16.20     Sennybridge Training Area: Looking back to the beginnings of the conservation movement - Dr Stephen Briggs (SENTA Conservation Group, formerly RCAHMW).

16:45 close of dayschool.

To register please contact David Leighton on 01970 621204 or email: david.leighton@rcahmw.gov.uk. The cost of the dayschool is £20 which includes a sit down lunch and all refreshments, payable by credit card on registration or by cheque.  Pre-registration is necessary to allow admittance through security on the day. No unbooked delegates will be admitted to the range.