March 23, 2018

Grants and Prizes


G. T. Clark Prize

The Association administers the G. T. Clark Trust Fund, set up to commemorate a distinguished ninteenth-century archaeologist. The G. T. Clark Prizes are awarded for the most distinguished published contributions to the study of the history and antiquities of Wales and the Marches during the previous quinquennium.

The 2017 Prizewinners

The last awards were made in 2017:

Prehistory: Elizabeth Walker for her work on the Welsh Palaeolithic.

Roman: David Hopewell for his work on geophysical survey and excavation of Roman fort environs and Roman sites and roads in north-west Wales

Early Medieval: Professor Thomas Charles-Edwards for his Wales and the Britons 350-1064

Medieval: Neil Ludlow for his Carmarthen Castle: The Archaeology of Government , also published in Welsh as Castell Caerfyrddin: Olrhain Hanes Llywodraethiant.

Post-Medieval: David Gwyn for his Welsh Slate: The Archaeology and History of an Industry, also published in Welsh as Llechi Cymru: Archaeoleg a Hanes.


Research Fund

The Research Fund exists for the encouragement of research within the field of the Association’s interest. Its scope includes travel, fieldwork, excavation and associated scientific services, historical research, and other appropriate forms of assistance such as photography, photocopying, typing, and preparation of drawings for publication.

Applicants for grants are reminded that they will not be considered by the Trustees until their two referees have sent in their references to the General Secretary.

Awards are normally in the region of £500 to £2000 and are restricted to projects connected directly or indirectly with Wales and the Marches. Completed forms and copies (preferably up to six) should be returned by mid-October at the latest for consideration by Trustees at their meeting in early November. Late applications may be submitted before the beginning of January, but such late applications will only be considered if funds have not been fully allocated.

Application form in Word format.

Application form in Adobe Acrobat format.

Please return the completed form to the Secretary:

Mrs Heather James,, Braemar, Llangunnor Road Carmarthen SA31 2PB


Grants awarded November 2019

£1700 to Peter Crew for further conservation and interpretation work at Dolgun Blast Furnace,

£1000 to Madeleine Gray for reformatting her database of all medieval tomb effigies in Wales.

£1500 to Michael Parker-Pearson for further excavation at Waun Mawn stone circle, Preseli.

£1000 to Seren Griffith for osteological analysis of Bronze Age cremated remains from the Newall
excavation of Bryn Celli Bach, Anglesey.

£2134 to Adelle Bricking, for analysis of human remains from older excavations at Dinorben and
RAF St Athan, part of the Life and Death in Iron Age Wales project.

Research Grants awarded in November 2018:

£485 to Peter Crew for conservation, survey and research at Dolgun Blast Furnace. Dolgellau.

£1500 to Margaret Dunn,towards dendrochronological dating and building recording for the Discovering Old Welsh Houses in NE Wales project.

£2003 to Katie Hemer, for the Ynys Enlli Revisited project – full analysis of early medieval human skeletal remains excavated at Ty Newydd, prior to their reburial by the Bardsey Island Trust.

£1215 to James Meek and Neil Ludlow for radio-carbon dating and assessment of pottery recovered in recent excavations at Pembroke Castle.

£1600 to Tim Mighall for 6 radiocarbon dates for the project ‘Placing Metal Mining and Smelting in to its environmental context: were there hotspots of woodland destruction?’ Using samples already analysed for pollen from the environs of the early mines at Copa Hill, excavated by the Early Mining Research Group.

£500 to Gary Robinson and Joanna Brück for exploratory archaeological excavations and survey at Frongoch WWI Internment Camp.

£1980 to Rhiannon Stevens – ‘Seeking Neanderthals’ – using Zooarchaeology Mass Spectometry on human bone samples from older excavations at Coygan Cave, Carmarthenshire.


Research Grants Awarded in 2016

An award of £1890 was made to William Britnell for obtaining AMS dates from cereal remains from the Gwernvale chambered tomb. Also for obtaining radiocarbon dates, £1680 was awarded to Dr Oliver Davis of the Caer Heritage Dating project. This project on a neglected hillfort in a suburb of Cardiff has had strong local community involvement. Rhiannon Philp was awarded £1000 to obtain dates on possible Mesolithic footprints revealed in intertidal deposits at Port Eynon, Gower.

Professor Gary Lock was awarded £700 towards excavation costs at the hillfort of Moel-y-Gaer Bodfari, a long-running excavation supported by the CAA for some years. Katharina Moeller, Bangor University, was awarded £500 towards excavation costs at the Meillionydd Project on the Llyn peninsula.

Neil Ludlow was awarded £1350 towards the costs of obtaining transcriptions and translations of little known documents relating to Pembroke Castle.