Southeast Wales Industrial Ironworks Landscapes

Between 2004 and 2010, the Glamorgan-Gwent Archaeological Trust (GGAT) carried out a project, with grant aid from Cadw, to study the industrial landscapes of the northern coalfield rim, specifically the Heads of the Valleys area, associated with the coke-fired iron industry, perhaps the most influential of industries in the history of south Wales.


Learn more about the assessment process

The aim of the project was to raise the level of data on, and hence the profile and understanding of, this heritage resource, and ultimately aid preservation through proactive management.


Field Survey

Find out what we found

The project included targeted field survey to identify, map and describe the resource in more detail and allow an assessment of condition and significance.



Learn more about the Church Hill excavation

The project contained a large mapping element, to identify and quantify the survival and potential survival of individual water management features and extractive areas