Why We'd Really Dig an Archaeology Museum for Barry and Vale of Glam; Yousay IN YOUR OPINION

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Why We'd Really Dig an Archaeology Museum for Barry and Vale of Glam; Yousay IN YOUR OPINION


Archaeology in Barry and the Vale of Glamorgan has always promised a past full of surprises. The area has had its fare share of Roman hoards; one such found by John Storrie in 1899 in Barry.

Then there are the numerous archaeological excavations of Roman villas such as the one at Caermead outside Llantwit Major, and then there is the large Roman farmstead found along the Five Mile Lane just north of Barry.

Moreover there are numerous prehistoric burial sites such as Tinkinswood Burial Chamber near Dyffryn and then you have the many burials discovered at Friars Point in Barry.

We then turn to excavations of medieval villages at Merthyr Dyfan, Barry, and Cosmeston Medieval Village. But we do NOT have a location in Barry and the Vale to view artefacts from these sites, and to really get to grips with this wealth of history and archaeology.

It is clear now that very little notice is taken of calls from the likes of myself for an archaeological museum for the area. However, in any other region of Britain there are archaeological museums proud to display the discoveries of their local past.

Archaeologists simply do not want a historical display of artefacts from World War II. …

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