Research & Engagement

engagement & impact

Roman Caerleon

Archaeology engages and inspires people of all ages and from all walks of life – bringing our work as wide an audience as possible was a key objective of the major research and training excavations uncovering the remains of Roman Caerleon

140 volunteers joined in with the digging, while over 13,000 people visited the excavations on a guided tour or an open day. The projects also catered for people who couldn’t watch the archaeologists in person, and the Dig Blogs and digital reconstructions of the Roman fortress were especially popular

Just a note to thank you for the postings on the blog of the Priory Dig. I will be 60 years old next year and I followed every day from here in Littleton, Colorado. This was better than any reality TV program

Blog Fan from the USA

Volunteers took part in the full range of archaeological tasks, including digging and finds washing. Ranging from school children to pensioners in their 70s, volunteers worked alongside the student archaeologists for afternoons, days off from work and weekends, while several stayed with the project for longer. The excavations welcomed groups from the charities Scope and Fairbridge, while several students from sixth form colleges in Colchester and Cirencester camped with the team for a week

Caerleon excavations training student
Caerleon excavations training student

I just wanted to say another big thank you for giving me the opportunity to take part in the excavation at Caerleon this summer. I had a wonderful time and met some lovely people. The experience has confirmed my initial thought to pursue a career in Archaeology and I think nothing now could change my mind.”

Southern Canabae 2011 Volunteer

Caerleon excavation community engagement
Caerleon excavations community engagement

People of all ages and from a variety of backgrounds came to see the site, where they were given a tour of the excavation, led mainly by undergraduate archaeologists who explained the background to the project, the excavation’s aims and objectives, the techniques being used, as well as the importance of artefacts in the finds tent. Objects from the excavation were available to be handled and examined, and display boards provided explanations of what the archaeologists were doing

So much going on – and lots of hard work to observe too. Very interesting and lots of knowledgeable individuals involved. Keep up the good work.

Family visiting from California, USA

Visitors to the Open Days were welcomed by student guides dressed in authentic Roman costumes. Various hands-on activities, devised and arranged by undergraduate and postgraduate students, complemented the guided tours, stimulating further interest in the site and in archaeology more generally

Find out more about the ground-breaking projects at Caerleon in the ‘Lost City of the Legion’ booklet (click here for the booklet in English and here for the Welsh version)

Archives & Databases

We believe it is important that the results of archaeological work should be as accessible to as many people as possible

Records of over 50,000 coins are included in the Iron Age and Roman Coins from Wales online database, while the complete catalogue of the Staffordshire Hoard is also available online, including photographs of all finds as well as specialist reports

Roman Society

Peter Guest was chair of the Archaeology Committee of the Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies from 2009 to 2017. Achievements during this time included:

  • initiating the Society’s e-newsletter Epistula
  • launching the open-access image bank Imago (to commemorate the Society’s centenary in 2010)
  • co-organising the Society’s biennial Roman Archaeology Conference in Frankfurt am Main in 2012 (hosted by the Römisch-Germanische Kommission and the Goethe-Universität), and in Rome in 2016 (hosted by Sapienzà Universita di Roma and co-organised with the British School at Rome and other international schools)
Understanding past societies through their fascinating archaeological remains
Sharing new discoveries, knowledge and ideas






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