12 September 2022

Archaeological survey of the recreation ground begins

It’s been “all go” at Llangattock Recreation Ground today.
There’s been a day-long archaeological survey of the Garn Goch Scheduled Ancient Monument, a burial tomb at the southern end of the park.
First, they flew a drone to detect changes in the plant life in the park, indicating different subterranean structures like walls, tunnels or ditches.
Then, they mapped out changes in ground levels in the park and the monument to build up a detailed map, to an accuracy of about 10mm, around the tomb.
Lastly, they captured 6,000 overlapping images of the tomb surface, which they can overlay to create 3D images.
Will they find anything? Richard Lewis of Black Mountains Archaeology said: “We will combine the images, and when we finish, we will have a high-resolution digital twin, a model of the tomb. It will give us multiple perspectives, so you can zoom in and out and better understand the tomb.”
Local children will have a chance to see some of the work later this week.
Land and Stone have started fencing off the areas where they will be working to install a new accessible path around the Recreation Ground and tomorrow they will start digging under the watchful eyes of the archaeologists to see if there is anything hidden.
The archaeological investigation is being paid for by CADW, The main project is being funded by the Landfill Disposals Tax Communities Scheme, because Llangattock is on the route to a waste disposal site.
The fences are there to remind everyone to stay away from the dig while it is going on. If we all do this, we can keep the park open. Thank you.
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