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Enjoy Big Lunch with neighbours past and present at Iron Age Caerau Hill fort this Saturday

18 July 2014

Caerau Big Lunch

A Big Lunch with free activities for all ages welcomes all to the Big Dig on Caerau hill fort this Saturday [19/7/14] as part of the CAER Heritage project, a community project co-led by Cardiff University and Action in Caerau and Ely [ACE].

The ‘Big Lunch Picnic’ - running between 11am and 4pm - gives neighbours a chance to meet, but also aims to bring the amazing history and archaeology of this nationally significant site to life.

The Big Lunch takes place as the month-long community excavation of the Caerau iron age hill fort is revealing an even richer past for the first time. Ongoing excavations have found a range of Neolithic flints and pottery, proving that people have been in evidence in this corner of western Cardiff for thousands of years, taking the known history of the area back from the medieval and Roman period to far beyond the known oldest Iron Age heritage.

Co-director of the CAER Heritage Project Dr Dave Wyatt of Cardiff University is looking forward to welcoming visitors from far and wide for the Big Lunch at the Big Dig:

‘It has been an amazing journey of discovery to find such a rich heritage from a wide reach of periods of history at the Caerau hill fort. The community of the area will be getting together to celebrate their heritage on Saturday and all are welcome.

‘We look forward to sharing our new found knowledge of the past of this corner of Cardiff from the medieval, to the Roman, now reaching back far beyond the known Iron age settlement to the Neolithic, with neighbours near and far. The community has made this discovery with the expert guidance of Cardiff University archaeologists. The Big Lunch gives us the opportunity to share our knowledge in a fun, informal, interactive way. Come along and find out more!’

Free activities include tours of the site, History walks and pottery workshops plus face painting and a bouncy castle for younger visitors.  Visitors – welcome from far and wide - should bring a picnic to complete a day of discovery and getting to know neighbours past and present.

To find out more about the CAER Heritage Project visit http://caerheritageproject.com and for more about the event including directions to the site, see http://events.cardiff.ac.uk/view/big-lunch-picnic.