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‘Make & Break’ in Time & Mind, plus news on our summer projects

Good news from the ‘Make & Break’ team – our article on the project has been published by Routledge, in their new journal, Time & Mind: the Journal of Archaeology, Consciousness and Culture.

The Tinkinswood 'Make & Break' Project

The Tinkinswood ‘Make & Break’ Project

Here’s the abstract:

This paper explores a community archaeology project which took place at Tinkinswood chambered tomb and its surrounding landscape in the Vale of Glamorgan, Wales. The project formed the school outreach element of the Tinkinswood Community Archaeology Project which included the excavation of three particular areas – two possible fallen burial chambers and the possible quarry for the 40-ton capstone used at Tinkinswood. The schools engaged in the project were the two closest primary schools to the sites: St Nicholas and Peterson-Super-Ely, in the Vale of Glamorgan. The children involved were given the chance to explore different ways of experiencing and interacting with the past through music and drama and by working outside of the school environment at Tinkinswood itself. The collection of interviews gathered reveal how the children perceive the Neolithic past, and especially about the way they felt more free, spontaneous, and natural through expressing ideas about the past at Tinkinswood itself, as opposed to being in the classroom. The results suggest that community archaeology can be used to ask big philosophical questions about mortality and religion, providing a new way to approach sensitive topics, without privileging one worldview over another.

Here’s the link to the online version: Sound and Performance in Public Archaeology

If you would like us to send you a digital copy of the article, get in touch and we will email you one.

The project is travelling around Wales again this year, and there will be a chance for you to come and experience performances at the following sites at 2.30pm:

Dyffryn Ardudwy – 17th of June

Dyffryn Ardudwy

Dyffryn Ardudwy


For more information on how to get to Dyffryn Ardudwy follow this link to the Cadw website.






Bryn Celli Ddu – 19th of June

Bryn Celli Ddu

Bryn Celli Ddu


For more information on how to get to Bryn Celli Ddu follow this link to the Cadw website.

We will also be at Bryn Celli Ddu and Barclodiad-y-Gawres passage tombs doing a new project called Horizons: Old & New.

Find out more about the project and associated events on the Cadw website!



St Lythans – 24th of June

St Lythans burial chamber

St Lythans burial chamber


For more information on how to get to St Lythans follow this link to the Cadw website.

If you’re interesting in walking and visiting ancient burial sites, join us for a circular walk around the Vale of Glamorgan on the 5th of May. The walk will visit both St Lythans and Tinkinswood, and you can book by following this link to the Cadw website.



Tinkinwood – 31st of June

Tinkinswood burial chamber

Tinkinswood burial chamber


For more information on how to get to Tinkinswood follow this link to the Cadw website.






We plan to visit Trefignath over the September equinox, and Parc le Breos and Pentre Ifan in the autumn, either September or early October. We will update the blog as soon as we know the dates.

We hope to see you soon!

Ffion & Dylan

About FfionR

I’m Ffion, Honorary Research Fellow at Cardiff University and Heritage and Arts Manager for Cadw, the historic environment service for the Welsh Government. At Cadw, my role is to oversee projects that link heritage with the arts, inspire new ways of engaging people with our built environment and to link people with their local heritage and archaeology.


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