Today has been extremely busy and very productive. Luckily, we had a lot of very eager and determined volunteers to help us out!
At the start of the morning, we continued work on the cobbled area where we stopped at end of play on Wednesday. We can now happily report that the volunteers have discover more cobbles! The extent and condition of the cobbled floor is fantastic and has now been shown to extend over quite a large area extending to both the north and south of the original visible cobbled section.
In the afternoon we were graced with a visit from GGAT’s Web Manager, Paul Huckfield, who came to take lots of photos of the the volunteers, to be included in an upcoming web gallery for the project, so watch this space!
Newly exposed cobbled surface
Welcome to the Hafod and Morfa Copperworks Community Excavation blog.
Over the next 2 weeks 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.