March 30, 2022

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 during 2021

Emma Wager was awarded £2000 towards the costs of preparing for publication a book
entitled A Social Archaeology of Prehistoric Copper Mining: Community, Technology and
Tradition at the Great Orme Mine, North Wales. Dr Wager has directed excavations at an
early copper ore washing site on the Great Orme and completed a PhD on the character and
context of Bronze Age mining at the site in 2002. The proposed Open Access book with
Sidestone Press will provide an updated study utilising all previous radiocarbon dates from
the site for its prehistoric chronology.

Martin Bell was awarded £2000 towards the cost of conserving 29 pieces of Mesolithic
worked wood from wood structures interpreted as fish traps in the bed of a palaeochannel
in the intertidal zone at Goldcliff in the Severn estuary . The structure is dated 5210-4912 cal
BC. Following conservation these rare finds will be deposited at the National Museum of
Wales to join other finds from the site.

Oliver Davis was awarded £2000 towards the costs of analysing a pollen core from Nant y
Plac near to Caerau Causewayed Enclosure, Cardiff of Neolithic date. The sample site
contains deposits from the late Glacial to the Late Bronze Age and has the potential to
provide environmental evidence for the Mesolithic/Neolithic transition.


Grants awarded in November 2020 and February 2021

£970 to Peter Crew for Dol y Clocwydd furnace research and metallography.
Dol y Clocwydd, Merioneth, was excavated in 1986 and shown to be a well preserved late 16th century blast furnace. Newer techniques of metallographic analysis on the finds will enhance the final report whilst a magnetometer survey north of the furnace will reveal information on its predecessor – a 14th century bloomery.

£2330 to Professor Mike Parker Pearson for excavation at Waun Mawr stone circle, Preseli. The planned third and final season of excavation for which a grant was made in 2019 could not take place in 2020 and is now planned for 2021. Waun Mawr appears to be a part dismantled stone circle whose size is closely comparable to Stonehenge and is close to the proven quarry sources for Stonehenge’s bluestone and rhyolite stones. Stones from Waun Mawr may have been transported to Stonehenge.

£276 to Rhiannon Comeau and Steve Burrow for archiving data on corn-drying kilns in Wales on the ADS site, York. A detailed discussion and catalogue has been prepared of radiocarbon dated and excavated corn-drying kilns in Wales of the early medieval period. This corpus will be published in the next issue of Archaeologia Cambrensis. The grant enables supporting data to be placed on a stand-alone Archaeological Data Services site and thus be freely available to researchers.

£1000 to Jake Davies of Lleyn Sub Aqua Club to cover costs of a dive on the site of the 1974 discovery of an anchor from a Mediterranean vessel of Mid Iron Age date. This is designed to check for remains of the boat itself and has to be done in the short window of opportunity when the kelp is thinner. It is planned for March 2021 and it is hoped to bring this nationally important find to greater prominence.

£800 to Dr Gary Lock for radiocarbon dating of the Phase I rampart at Moel y Gaer, Bodfari. CAA has supported this excavation, which is now coming towards publication in Arch Camb, for many seasons.


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.