The post-excavation assessment works were carried in two stages, each to approved designs. The first a site data review and material classification exercise was completed in 2007. The second finished in 2010 resulted in a completed site summary of the excavated remains by phase and included assessments by specialists of the various categories of artefact and environmental remains, which included recommendations for more detailed study and reporting as merited.
The assessment concluded that the recovered information has the potential to increase knowledge of the prehistoric, Roman and medieval settlement of Cardiff, and facilitate comparative studies of similar settlement sites in the region. The comparison of the site data with other settlements and castle sites in south Wales has the potential to contribute to archaeological understanding on a regional level. A programme of additional analysis and reporting was therefore recommended.
The objectives of the post-excavation programme, are to compile a research archive comprising a full stratigraphic matrix and site narrative, full artefactual and environmental reports, and archive illustrations, combined with relevant literature-based research leading to a full archive/client report. This will form the basis of further publication documents.
The agreed programme, which will run over four years is:
Past excavations Previous archaeological investigations in the area have indicated that four Roman forts, all of slightly differing size and shape, were located on the site before Cardiff Castle was built in the medieval period. Learn More
The 2005-2006 excavations With the building of a new interpretation centre at Cardiff Castle an opportunity for a full archaeological investigation of the proposed area was undertaken. The excavations provided us with fascinating new insights into the history of one of Cardiff’s most prominent landmarks. Learn More
Post-excavation and reporting works The post-excavation assessment works were carried in two stages. These resulted in a completed site summary of the excavated remains by phase and included assessments by specialists of the various categories of artefact and environmental remains. Learn More
Artefact conservation A total of 890 small finds and context designations representing 2000+ individual objects were examined and/or treated between November 2018 and May 2019. Learn more
Cardiff Castle is one of the most significant heritage assets in the Principality. Sited in the centre of the capital of Wales, it is in the care of Cardiff City Council. The Castle has a long history with physical evidence of remains from the Roman, medieval and early post-medieval remains accessible to visitors and the remarkable neo-gothic restoration.
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