The Glamorgan-Gwent Archaeological Trust, working with Swansea University and the City and County of Swansea, is running a community excavation on the site of the former Hafod Copperworks, Swansea.
The project will be trying to uncovering the original early 19th century canal basin where barges unloaded coal, brought down from the collieries higher up the Swansea Valley, directly into the copperworks. The canal basin was filled in during the first half of the 20th century, and has completely disappeared from view.
In addition, we are also hoping to find more traces of the tramroad that crossed the canal to take slag away from the furnaces to be dumped on the slag heaps.
The project has been designed to contain a strong public archaeology element, and this blog has been created to not only provide you with information about the project, but to also provide the volunteers working on the site the opportunity to make their voice heard.
We will be digging every day (except Sundays) between 30th May to the 8th June . Visitors are welcome, and we will be arranging site visits for the general public, schools and local archaeology groups.