Ysgol Bro Dinefwr, Carmarthen

A programme of archaeological fieldwork work was carried out by AB Heritage and their elected archaeological contractor Rubicon Heritage Services Limited at the site of Ysgol Bro Dinefwr, Love Lodge Farms, Ffairfach, Carmarthenshire, between January and May 2014.

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The work was carried out in line with a condition of planning permission for the development of the Ysgol Bro Dinefwr School on behalf of client Carmarthenshire County Council.

Early consultation and project scoping...

The site had been the subject of previous archaeological geophysical survey and evaluation by Dyfed Archaeological Trust (DAT). This confirmed the presence of Prehistoric, Roman and possible Early Medieval archaeology within the site.  Based on the above AB Heritage compiled a Written Scheme of Investigation and a Detailed Archaeological Specification for further work on the site and these were agreed with the Dyfed Archaeological Trust Heritage Management archaeologists in December 2013.

Fieldwork stages...

AB Heritage Ltd appointed Rubicon Heritage Services Ltd to undertake the fieldwork associated with the project, while the overall project-management was retained by AB Heritage. The fieldwork for the project included a mix of full open archaeological excavation, field walking and hand dug test pitting/sieving, along with machine dug trial trenches and some intensive trial trenching. 

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Post excavation... 

The post excavation stages of the project have taken place in late 2014 and 2015 . AB Heritage have led partners in the scoping of the research to be undertaken, assessment and analysis of the finds from the site and production of final reports.

Community liaison...

As part of the commission undertaken on behalf of Carmarthenshire County Council, AB Heritage have managed a number of community events during the field work phase, and will continue to complete further post-excavation liaison 

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During the pre‐determination and excavation phase on site an area to the north of site with known  potential  for  flint  scatters was  identified  and  designated  appropriate for volunteer community engagement.  We also engaged and were visited by school children from both the Pant‐y‐Celyn and Tre‐gib school  campus’, who received tours of the archaeology found on site.

The success of the field walking meant that plans to dig test‐pits across the area went ahead. This involved more opportunities for local volunteers to join in, but were more targeted.

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In order to ensure that the findings at Ysgol Bro Dinefwr continue to be communicated to an audience encompassing academics and the wider general public we will be working to prepare the following: 

  • e‐Book - prepared for the general public

  • Living History: Information board/plaque -  weatherproof board will be explored within the vicinity of the new school site.
  • Public Lecture - plans are to hold this at the Ysgol Bro Dinefwr School to present the findings of the project to those attending the event, and to attract others from the area to learn about what has been found.    
 
Visit the week by week diaries of the dig on the site to see how the project developed over time.
See the birds-eye view film of the site.