Conference: DARGANFOD – DISCOVERY, a celebration of new archaeological research in Wales on Saturday 4th April 2020

 

CONFERENCE

Cambrian Archaeological Association

in association with Cardiff University

 

DARGANFOD – DISCOVERY:

a celebration of new archaeological research in Wales

Saturday 4th April 2020

All bookings must be received by Friday 20th March 2020

Cardiff University, John Percival Building, Colum Drive, Cardiff CF10 3EU

 

Join us for a day dedicated to fascinating recent work on the archaeology of Wales and the Marches! This is the first of a new series of biennial conferences which will showcase work supported by the Cambrian Archaeological Association Research Fund.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Prof Mike Parker Pearson: The origins of Stonehenge: the bluestones and Preseli
  • Dr Oliver Davis and Prof Niall Sharples: Excavations at Caerau Hillfort, Cardiff, 2012-19: from the Neolithic to the Normans
  • Prof Gary Lock: Moel y Gaer, Bodfari, a small hillfort in the Clwydians, Denbighshire
  • Adam Gwilt and Ken Murphy: An Iron Age chariot burial in Pembrokeshire: recent treasure finds, excavations and museum engagements
  • Dr Toby Driver and Dr Jeffrey L Davies: The Romano-British villa at Abermagwr, Ceredigion: rarity and innovation at the most remote Roman villa in Wales
  • Dr Andy Seaman: Hillforts and power in post-Roman Wales: a GIS-enabled analysis of Dinas Powys
  • Dr Alan Lane: The Llangorse Crannog: a short-lived Welsh royal site of the Viking Age

Early career academic and independent researchers will also talk about their work.

A timetable is given below, and can be downloaded here. Summaries of talks are also available – link here.

Conference fee: £28 (£26 for CAA members) which includes lunch and refreshments. Student tickets at £10, without food or tea/coffee, are also available. Tickets must be booked in advance. All are welcome.

To register, please download and print the booking form on this link and send it, with a cheque, to Dr Rhiannon Comeau at 21 Ulleswater Road, Southgate, London N14 7BL. Alternatively you can book by credit or debit card on Eventbrite – the link is here. Please note that Eventbrite bookings are subject to a booking charge, which will be added to the ticket price at checkout. 

Any enquiries should be emailed to Dr Comeau at cambrians1846@gmail.com.

 

Conference timetable

9.00 Registration and coffee
9.30 Welcome
9.35 Prof Mike Parker Pearson (UCL Institute of Archaeology): The origins of Stonehenge: the bluestones and Preseli
10.00 Dr Oliver Davis (Cardiff University) and Prof Niall Sharples (Cardiff University): Excavations at Caerau Hillfort, Cardiff, 2012-19: from the Neolithic to the Normans
10.25 Eirini Konstantinidi (PhD candidate in Archaeology, Cardiff University): If the dead could talk: a taphonomic approach to Neolithic mortuary treatment in the caves of Wales
10.50 Prof Gary Lock (Kellogg College, Oxford): Moel y Gaer, Bodfari, a small hillfort in the Clwydians, Denbighshire
11.15 Coffee
11.45 Adam Gwilt (National Museum of Wales) and Ken Murphy (Dyfed Archaeological Trust) (speaker on the day tbc): An Iron Age chariot burial in Pembrokeshire: recent treasure finds, excavations and museum engagements
12.10 Adelle Bricking (PhD candidate in Archaeology, Cardiff University): Life and death in Iron Age Wales: preliminary results from histological and stable isotope analysis from Dinorben and RAF St Athan.
12.35 Dr Toby Driver (Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales) and Dr Jeffrey L. Davies: The Romano-British villa at Abermagwr, Ceredigion: rarity and innovation at the most remote Roman villa in Wales
13.00 Lunch
14.00 Dr Andy Seaman (Canterbury Christ Church University): Hillforts and power in post-Roman Wales: a GIS-enabled analysis of Dinas Powys
14.25 Dr Alan Lane (Cardiff University): The Llangorse crannog: a short-lived Welsh royal site of the Viking Age
14.50 Dr Rhiannon Comeau (recently completed PhD, UCL Institute of Archaeology): Pre-Norman focal zones and seasonality: a cantref-level case study
15.15 Coffee
15.40 Dr Rachel Swallow (Honorary Visiting Research Fellow, University of Chester / independent scholar): A square peg in a round hole: new interpretations for the eleventh-century northern Anglo-Welsh border, as told by the misfit Dodleston Castle in Cheshire
16.05 Dr Alice Forward (Postdoctoral researcher): Lordship and communality in the 13th century. Four ram aquamaniles from South Glamorgan
16.30 Michael Statham (Independent scholar): Porth-y-Pistyll, near Aberdaron – a memorial to a couple of rogues?
16.55 Closing remarks (conference closes 17.10)