Community Archaeology

Community archaeology is archaeology initiated and driven by communities.

  • Young Archaeologists Club competition winners at Hen Caerwys

    Young Archaeologists Club competition winners at Hen Caerwys

  • Heritage Graffiti Project

    Heritage Graffiti Project

  • Inspiring Objects — Heritage Graffiti Project

    Inspiring Objects — Heritage Graffiti Project

  • Local school pupils re-enact a Neolithic ceremony as part of Tinkinswood community excavations

    Local school pupils re-enact a Neolithic ceremony as part of Tinkinswood community excavations

  • Pupils use digital media to investigate the past as part of the Llanmelin Community Project

    Pupils use digital media to investigate the past as part of the Llanmelin Community Project

  • Volunteers at Hen Caerwys

    Volunteers at Hen Caerwys

Participation in archaeology allows communities to work together, learn together and grow together through the excitement of discovering something new about their shared past.

The Welsh Government's Historic Environment Strategy for Wales recognises that taking part in the excitement of archaeological discovery brings people together and can create a sense of place, shared heritage, and identity.

By developing community participation in archaeology, we can not only help foster this sense of belonging, but also create opportunities for people to learn new skills which can be useful in all walks of life.

In this section of the website you can read more about Cadw’s innovative community archaeology projects — and find out how you can get involved.

For information on Cadw’s vision for developing, encouraging, supporting and facilitating community archaeology in Wales, see our Community Archaeology Framework page.