Community Archaeology and Engagement at Trellech, Wales

  • Devena HaggisEmail author
  • Stuart Wilson
Part of the One World Archaeology book series (WORLDARCH)


Community archaeology and heritage projects have been described as conversations (Thomas et al., Journal of Community Archaeology & Heritage 1(1):1–4, 2014) between practitioners within community archaeology and their audience. As with any audience there are different voices that comprise and contribute to the overall conversation. Within the context of community archaeology this engagement occurs in myriad ways. It reflects the connections made during the excavation and dissemination of information about a site and the contributions of the various actors towards its ongoing development. As a result, there is often considerable debate within the discipline of archaeology as to whether public archaeologists focus on theory, research or the practical aspects of their work because of the wide scope and nature of public archaeology (Matsuda and Okamura, New perspectives in global public archaeology, London, 1–18, 2011). At the medieval site of Trellech in southeast Wales these three aspects are combined. In addition, community engagement and interest has contributed towards the site’s discovery, acquisition, excavation and development. The different levels of engagement within this community of interest are reflected in the linkages created externally, between and within the different communities associated with the site. This chapter will outline the development of the medieval site at Trellech focusing on the conversations within community archaeology and its engagement with the various communities associated with the site.


Community archaeology Community interaction Medieval Trellech 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Health and Sport SciencesUniversity of TsukubaTsukubaJapan
  2. 2.Archaeological Research & Educational CentreTrellechUK

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