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History: hands on

26 October 2009

Excavations at CosmestonExcavations at Cosmeston

Archaeological finds from the University’s excavations at a south Wales site will be on show to members of the public during half term (26-30 October 2009).

Visitors to Cosmeston Medieval Village in Penarth will be able to see some of the artefacts recovered during an excavation of the remains of a medieval manor house at the site.

Earlier this year a team of archaeologists from the University worked alongside community volunteers to discover more about the manor house, known as Cosmeston Castle, and its relationship with the surrounding area.

Their excavations revealed substantial features of the manor house and an interesting range of artefacts. The finds will help inform the team about how people may have lived and worked at Cosmeston. It will also help shape future investigations at the site.

Specific artefacts recovered during the dig include a fragment of a slate ‘Nine Men’s Morris’ board game, a bone gaming counter, medieval metal dress fastenings, a wide range of pottery dating from the 12th century onwards, including vessel fragments and cooking pots, glass fragments and artefacts, animal bone and sea shells.

Jane Stewart, Community Archaeologist at the University and project officer for the Cosmeston excavations said: "Visitors to Cosmeston during half term will be able to see medieval pottery - some of it more than 700 years old - and other artefacts from the summer dig being washed and packed ready for transport to the University. It’s an opportunity for people find out about local history and to learn about the past through hands-on activities."

The archaeology team will be on site at Cosmeston between 11am-3pm daily. The event is free and takes place in the Village museum. Tickets for tours of the Medieval Village are available from the Park Visitor Centre.

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