Archaeology is the practical study of our past and it isn’t all about digging. It can take lots of forms and one of the most important is surveying and recording. The Clwyd Powys Archaeological Trust (CPAT), based in Welshpool, is the organisation that protects, records and interprets all aspects of the historic landscape in central and north-east Wales and they have a huge database of historic sites.
What they don’t have, though, is a record of agricultural buildings and Llanfyllin Civic Society is going to work with CPAT to provide this for our area. Many of us have noticed interesting structures when we’ve been out walking – farms, barns, cottages, walls – sometimes in good condition, sometimes just a pile of stones though still full of atmosphere. These are an important part of our past and they need to be surveyed and recorded – especially those that are disappearing. Here are a few local buildings that are being slowly reclaimed by the landscape. Can you identify any of them?
We want volunteers to collect data for CPAT’s Historic Environment Record (www.cpat.org.uk/services/smr/smr.htm). CPAT will provide training in what to record and how to do it. Anyone who likes wandering around and has some interest in the past will probably enjoy doing this, either individually or as part of a group. The co-ordinator for this Civic Society project is Dewi Morris 01691 828 953/07837 742 512 or firstname.lastname@example.org Get in touch to find out more.
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