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Dinas Dinlle Excavation 2021

Dinas Dinlle Excavation 2021

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3d Model of Caerfai Camp

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Caerfai Excavation

Caerfai Excavation

Exploring the prehistoric site of Caerfai Camp before it’s lost to coastal erosion

Caerfai Promontory Fort is a Scheduled Monument and one of St David’s peninsula’s most identifiable prehistoric landmarks, but so little is known about its history and construction

 

Working alongside CHERISH, volunteers from across Pembrokeshire will be led by a team from DigVentures to excavate, characterise and date aspects of the fort and its immediate environs.

The monument and the isthmus which it is situated on is at risk from coastal and terrestrial erosion as well as adverse vegetation growth. All of the information gained from the dig will feed into an active approach to conservation management being undertaken by Cadw, Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority (PCNPA), the National Trust (NT) and the CHERISH Project.

The two-week excavation (taking place from 2nd – 16th September) is also open for everyone to join in. Both adults and children can join the archaeological team, learning how to investigate a nationally important piece of history while also helping to reveal new details about the Promontory fort at the heart of Pembrokeshire and St Davids’ prehistoric coastline.

You can also follow along on the DigTimeline here

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The CHERISH Exhibition

The CHERISH Exhibition

The CHERISH Exhibition

The CHERISH Exhibition is a travelling exhibition that will be displayed in libraries, museums, heritage centres, galleries and other public buildings across Ireland and Wales. The exhibition highlights the impact of climate change on coastal cultural heritage and the work that CHERISH is doing to assess risk, measure change and record sites in both countries. The aim of the exhibition is to raise awareness of the impacts that climate change continues to have on our precious coastal heritage. It also aims to attract volunteers willing to record change to their local coastline and coastal heritage in the future using the CHERISH app that is currently being developed.

Our plans to display the exhibition have largely been put on hold due to Covid-19 restrictions but we hope to have a new schedule for this travelling exhibition in the near future. Watch this space. If you would like to host the exhibition please contact the project team for details.

 

CHERISH exhibition hosted at the Storiel (Gwynedd Museum) venue in Bangor
CHERISH exhibition hosted at the Storiel (Gwynedd Museum) venue in Bangor

Exhibition Dates

Welsh Locations

  • Storiel, Bangor: 22 March to 26 June 2021
  • Dates beyond 26 June TBC

Irish Locations

  • TBC (COVID 19 depending)

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Collaboration & Training

Collaboration & Training

Collaboration & Training

The CHERISH Project has organised a number of professional workshops and are committed to organising more online and in-person workshops and events.

Professional Seminars

The CHERISH Project held a successful Professional Seminar on Thursday 17th May 2018 in Venue Cymru, Llandudno. The seminar was attended by nearly 80 delegates including members of the CHERISH Advisory Committee and Project Partners. A range of speakers presented position papers on UK climate change and coastal heritage policy from Scotland, England, Wales and Ireland as well as talks about survey, research and public engagement. The free one day seminar composed of three sessions focussing on ‘Strategies for our Changing Coasts – Regional and National Perspectives’, ‘Meeting the challenge: CHERISH Project Update’ and ‘Engaging Coastal Communities’.
Participants of the 2019 CHERISH flying school receiving a briefing before carrying out their first photographic survey.
Participants of the 2019 CHERISH flying school receiving a briefing before carrying out their first photographic survey.

Day Schools

A number of day schools have been organised on both sides of the Irish Sea with an aerial school in Ireland in 2019 being a particular highlight. It was divided into a UAV day school and a flying day school. Both day schools began with classroom sessions in the morning, followed by a practical session in the afternoon. The UAV practical session took place at the Hill of Uisneach, County Westmeath. The practicalities of organising and planning a UAV survey were explained on site. The tutors included Robert Shaw, Discovery Programme, James Barry, Geological Survey of Ireland and Ronan O’Toole, Geological Survey of Ireland.
James Barry of the GSI briefs delegates of the CHERISH 2019 UAV Flying School before a survey.
James Barry of the GSI briefs delegates of the CHERISH 2019 UAV Flying School before a survey.
The flying school’s practical session continued at Weston Airport in Dublin. The students were divided into two groups of three and they flew in a four seater plane with the pilot and one of the instructors (Dr Toby Driver, Royal Commission on Ancient and Historic Monuments Wales and Damien Grady, Historic England). The flight path allowed the students to take pictures of Trim Castle, the Hill of Tara and Bru Na Boinne World Heritage Site. In total 13 students took part in the aerial survey school including postgraduate students, commercial archaeologists and the state sector colleagues. The feedback from the school was very positive.
In 2018, Wales also saw it’s first public day school, hosted by the Royal Commission and Aberystwyth University ‘Facing the Storms’ saw presentations given from all CHERISH Partners alongside two guest speakers, Rebecca Evans from Pembrokeshire Coast national Park and Ken Murphy of the Dyfed Archaeological Trust.
Participant of the CHERISH flying school landing capturing an oblique image of Brú na Bóinne through the open window of the cockpit.
Participant of the CHERISH flying school landing capturing an oblique image of Brú na Bóinne through the open window of the cockpit.

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Conference & Seminars

Conference & Seminars

CHERISH Conference 2021

The CHERISH Project online conference was held on 12 May 2021. The successful conference brought together a range of international speakers which provided a fantastic insight into how climate change and coastal heritage in being approached across the world. 

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Delegates who registered for the conference can still access all of the talks on CHERISH Conference Catch-up TV with their delegate login details by clicking on the button below.

For those that were unable to register for the event all recorded papers are available on the he CHERISH Youtube channel.

An end of CHERISH phase one conference is planned for 7 September 2022 at Dublin Castle. The conference will have an international focus with papers by leading specialists and practitioners, it will present the findings of the project and look at the way forward.

Conference Participation

The CHERISH Project stays actively engaged with the international climate change and cultural heritage community through presenting at a range of national and international conferences. We have organised scientific sessions at international conferences in Barcelona, Dublin and Newcastle and have presented to audiences in countries across Europe such as Italy, Poland, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Orkney Islands and even Stockport!

More recently CHERISH project members have participated in number of online conferences. Toby Driver and Sandra Henry both presented papers at the Adapt Northern Heritage Conference in May 2020 (one of the first on-line conferences); Edward Pollard presented a paper at the Nautical Archaeology Society annual conference in 2020; Louise Barker and Kieran Craven gave one of the Keynote presentations at the Digital Past Conference 2021 and also present were James Barry, Daniel Hunt and Robert Shaw who presented an online workshop on the use of drones for archaeology.

Past CHERISH Conferences

An aerial archaeology seminar organised by the CHERISH project took place in June 2019. The seminar entitled Air and Earth 2: Developments in Aerial Archaeology was a free full day conference. The seminar was divided into four sessions and the first session Recent Aerial Discoveries included papers from Ireland, Wales, Scotland and England. The other sessions each featured three papers on the topics Aerial Photographic Archives, Lidar and other remote sensing methods and Education and community involvement.

CHERISH Senior Geo-surveyor presenting at the AIr & Earth 2 Conference in 2019.
CHERISH Senior Geo-surveyor presenting at the AIr & Earth 2 Conference in 2019.

In May 2018 the CHERISH Project held a successful Professional Seminar on in Venue Cymru, Llandudno. The seminar was attended by nearly 80 delegates including members of the CHERISH Advisory Committee and Project Partners. A range of speakers presented position papers on UK climate change and coastal heritage policy from Scotland, England, Wales and Ireland as well as talks about survey, research and public engagement. The free one day seminar comprised three sessions focussing on ‘Strategies for our Changing Coasts – Regional and National Perspectives’, ‘Meeting the challenge: CHERISH Project Update’ and ‘Engaging Coastal Communities’.

Audience members at the CHERISH Professional Seminar: Llandudno 2018.
Audience members at the CHERISH Professional Seminar: Llandudno 2018.

The CHERISH Project has also organised several conference sessions in large international conferences including the European Archaeology Association (EAA) in Bern (2019) and Barcelona (2018).

Speakers who contributed to the CHERISH Session at the European Archaeology Association (EAA) 2018 Conference in Barcelona.
Speakers who contributed to the CHERISH Session at the European Archaeology Association (EAA) 2018 Conference in Barcelona.
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