Timeline. The Archaeology of the South Wales Gas Pipeline: Excavations between Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire and Tirley, Gloucestershire [Hardback]

Timothy Darvill (Author); Andrew David (Author); Seren Griffiths (Author); Jonathan Hart (Author); Heather James (Author); James Rackham (Author)

ISBN: 9780993454578 | Published by: Cotswold Archaeology | Series: Cotswold Archaeology Monograph | Volume: 13 | Year of Publication: 2021 | Language: English 214p, H246 x W189 (mm) 125 - colour incl plates

Timeline. The Archaeology of the South Wales Gas Pipeline


The construction of a natural gas pipeline across southern Wales and into Herefordshire and Gloucestershire between 2005 and 2007 resulted in numerous archaeological discoveries, including sites of national significance. The project not only produced a wealth of new archaeological sites, it also generated important radiocarbon and environmental datasets for the region.

The earliest activity is indicated by worked flint of Mesolithic (or earlier) date, with the earliest Neolithic communities represented by pits, evidence for occasional timber houses, and the discovery of a previously unknown henge. Beaker and Bronze Age settlement and burial remains were found too, including a rare copper halberd. The excavations also produced evidence for Early Bronze Age houses and numerous examples of burnt mounds.

Other discoveries comprised much new evidence for Iron Age settlement (including some in areas of upland), Roman roads, crop-processing ovens, and ironworking. Rare evidence for the early medieval period was also found, along with the remains of later farmsteads and field systems. Moves towards industrialisation were reflected in the discovery of a brick kiln and charcoal-burning platforms.

Reviews & Quotes

"The volume is published to Cotswold Archaeology’s usual high standards. There are also individual reports on their website of specific sites and stages of the route. Thechapters are a synthesis arranged in chronological order over the whole of the pipeline’s course and from the Upper Palaeolithic to 1900. This book will be useful not only to those interested in the archaeology of the landscape of South Wales, but also, with the Network Archaeology report on the Archaeology Data Service Library site, to a much wider audience especially in studying various depths of hinterland of the Lower Severn and Wye Valleys in the past. "
Tim Copeland
Bristol and Gloucestershire Archaeological Society (22/07/2022)

"…the volume highlights a well-organised project and offers valuable overviews of the archaeology of south Wales today."
Carly Hilts
Current Archaeology (05/08/2021)

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