It’s Been a Secret …
… and it still is, to a certain extent.
I’ve been working, through the DATRIS Project, with Amgueddfa Cymru – the National Museum of Wales for nearly two years now on the excavation and conservation of an Iron Age chariot found somewhere in Pembrokeshire. The museum initially contacted me because they wanted someone to coordinate the filming by students from Pembrokeshire College of the archaeological work. This was successfully achieved in 2019 and I thought that that would be an end to the involvement.
However another key aspect of the Museum’s work surrounding the excavation was to be a piece of theatre that would be commissioned by Amgueddfa Cymru to celebrate the chariot and to explore opinions on why it ended up where it did. Then COVID-19 came along and that potential engagement activity became an impossibility. So I suggested working on a virtual exhibit. An online resource that could be used by academics, schools, heritage groups or other interested parties. I’ve been working on this for most of the summer and now have a completely bilingual resource that is ready to be used.
So why the secrecy?
Well, first of all, the site has been protected by Cadw and its location isn’t public. Also, a film of the excavation has been made which is due for release in March 2021 and the company making it, Wildflame Productions, want to release all the details at one time. So the resource is ready, but I can’t tell you anything more about it. You’ll have to wait until the Spring.