Stori’r Fryncaer – Story of the Hillfort (Diwrnod Archaeoleg – Archaeology Day 2020)

Dydd Sadwrn diwethaf y 7fed o Dachwedd, cynhaliodd PLANED & Parc Cenedlaethol Arfordir Sir Benfro eu diwrnod Archeoleg blynyddol – gyda gwahaniaeth!

Fel rheol, cynhelir y digwyddiad yn Theatr Myrddin, gyda diwrnod yn llawn darlithoedd a chyfle gwych i rwydweithio rhwng grwpiau treftadaeth lleol ac arbenigwyr.

Eleni, oherwydd heriau COVID19, penderfynwyd yn gynnar y byddai Diwrnod Archaeoleg 2020 yn cael ei gynnal trwy Ffrwd Fyw Youtube. Roedd hon yn fenter newydd ar gyfer PLANED a Pharc Cenedlaethol Arfordir Sir Benfro wrth iddynt geisio cynllunio rhediant y dydd.

Arweiniodd gwerth misoedd o baratoi a gweithio mewn partneriaeth at ddiwrnod hynod lwyddiannus, gyda dros 180 o gyfranogwyr yn cymryd rhan yn y sesiwn fyw. Gyda channoedd yn fwy yn gwylio’r cynnwys ar ôl y digwyddiad. Da iawn i bawb a gymerodd ran!

Cafodd y ffilm isod ei chreu trwy brosiect Ein Cymdogaeth Werin – Preseli Heartlands Communities, a’i dangos am y tro cyntaf fel rhan o Ddiwrnod Archaeoleg 2020. Yn cynnwys yr Archaeolegydd Cymunedol Tomos Ll. Jones a llais y storïwraig Carol Pearce, crëwyd y ffilm hon yn lle taith gerdded a gynlluniwyd yn gynharach eleni y bu’n rhaid ei chanslo oherwydd COVID19.

Gwyliwch a mwynhewch ddysgu am Foel Drygarn!

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Last Saturday the 7th of November, PLANED &  Pembrokeshire Coast National Park held their annual Archaeology day – with a difference!

The event is normally held at the Merlin Theatre, with a day full of lectures and a fantastic opportunity to network between local heritage groups and experts.

This year, due to the challenges of COVID19 it was decided early on that Archaeology Day 2020 would be held virtually through a Youtube Live Stream. This was a new venture for both PLANED & Pembrokeshire Coast National Park as they sought to plan the running of the day.

Months worth of preparation and working in partnership led to a highly successful day, with over 180 participants taking part in the live session. With hundreds more viewing the content after the event. A huge well done to all involved!

The film below was created through the Ein Cymdogaeth Werin – Preseli Heartlands Communities project, and premiered as part of Archaeology Day 2020. Featuring Community Archaeologist Tomos Ll. Jones and the voice of storyteller Carol Pearce, this film was created in lieu of a walk that had been planned earlier this year that had to be cancelled due to COVID19.

Please watch and enjoy learning about Foel Drygarn!

Taith Treftadaeth – Glog + Llanfyrnach – Heritage Tour

Ddoe’r 11eg o Fawrth gwnaethom drefnu taith o amgylch treftadaeth gymdeithasol a diwydiannol ardal Glog a Llanfyrnach. Dyma ddwy o feysydd pwysicaf safleoedd treftadaeth ddiwydiannol yng ngogledd-ddwyrain Sir Benfro. Cawsom ein harwain gan Dr Peter Claughton yn siarad am yr ongl ddiwydiannol, ac roedd Hefin Wyn yn ymdrin â’r agweddau cymdeithasol yn ogystal â straeon lleol a chymeriadau bythgofiadwy.

Yesterday the 11th of March we organized a tour of the social & industrial heritage of the Glog & Llanfyrnach area. These are two of the most important areas of industrial heritage sites in north-east Pembrokeshire. We were led by Dr Peter Claughton covering the industrial angle, and Hefin Wyn covered the social aspects as well as local stories and unforgettable characters.

Dechreuon ni’r diwrnod yn Hermon gerllaw, a theithio ar fws mini i Glog. O’r fan hon, fe wnaethon ni gerdded i fyny tuag at Chwarel Glog a thynnodd Peter sylw at nodweddion diwydiannol y gweddill yn y dirwedd. Mae’r ardal hon yn dal i fod yn nodwedd arwyddocaol yn nyffryn Taf i’r dwyrain o Crymych, wedi’i aflonyddu’n fawr gan adferiad diweddar o wastraff llechi ond gyda rhai nodweddion diddorol ar ei gyrion. Roedd yn weithgar iawn ar ddiwedd y 19eg a dechrau’r 20fed ganrif ac fe elwodd yn sylweddol o ddyfodiad y rheilffordd, pan agorwyd llinell y Cardi Bach, cyn belled â’r chwarel ym 1873.

We began the day in nearby Hermon, and travelled by minibus to Glog. From here we walked up towards Glog Quarry and Peter pointed out industrial features of the remaining in the landscape. This area still remains as a significant feature in the Taf valley to the east of Crymych, heavily disturbed by recent recovery of slate waste but with some interesting features on its periphery. It was very active in the late 19th and early 20th century and benefited significantly from the arrival of the railway, the Whitland and Taf Vale line (Cardi Bach), opened as far as the quarry in 1873.

Fe wnaeth Hefin ein trin â llawer o stori leol ar hyd y ffordd. O’r chwarel cerddon ni ar hyd hen lwybr troed i Capel Llwynyrhwrdd, Capel yr Annibynwyr ym mhentref cyfagos Tegryn. Ar ôl derbyn cryn dipyn o “pregeth” gan Hefin y tu mewn i’r Capel am darddiad y capel a’i weinidogion, daeth y bws mini i’n cyfarfod a’n cario ar hyd disgyniad serth Rhiw Sbeit. Teithion ni trwy Llanfyrnach ac yn ôl i Hermon i gael lle i ginio yn Cegin Bella.

Hefin treated us to many a local tale along the way. From the quarry we walked along an old footpath to Capel Llwynyrhwrdd, a Congregationalist Chapel in the neighbouring village of Tegryn. After receiving quite the “pregeth” from Hefin inside the Chapel about the origins of the chapel and its ministers, the minibus came to meet us and carried us along the steep descent of Rhiw Sbeit. We travelled through Llanfyrnach and back to Hermon for a spot of lunch at Cegin Bella.

Yn dilyn cinio dychwelon ni i Lanfyrnach, lle arweiniodd Peter ni o amgylch olion y Mwynglawdd Arian. Mae’r ardal hon, dim ond pellter byr i lawr y Taf o Glog, yn llai amlwg yn y dirwedd heddiw er yn ei chyfnod olaf o weithio, cyn cau ym 1890, hwn oedd yr ail fwynglawdd metel anfferrus mwyaf yn Ne Cymru. Mae’n debyg bod ei darddiad yn mynd yn ôl i’r 16eg ganrif o leiaf ond fe’i gweithiwyd yn helaeth yn rhan olaf y 18fed ganrif ac roedd ar ei anterth cynhyrchiol yn yr 1880au.

Following lunch we returned to Llanfyrnach, where Peter led us around the remains of the Silver Lead Mine. This area, only a short distance down the Taf from Glog, is less prominent in the landscape today although in its last period of working, prior to closure in 1890, it was the second largest non-ferrous metal mine in South Wales. Its origins probably go back to at least the 16th century but it was worked extensively in the latter part of the 18th century and was at its productive peak in the 1880s.

Fe wnaeth y grŵp fwynhau archwilio  nodweddion y mwynglawdd ymysg y trash, a dychmygu sut beth fyddai bywyd i’r glowyr a oedd yn gweithio yn yr ardal.

The group enjoyed exploring the undegrowth of this site for forgotten features, and imagined what life would have been like for the miners who worked in the area.

Diolch i Peter & Hefin am ddiwrnod hynod ddiddorol, ac i’r holl fynychwyr. Diolch yn arbennig i dirfeddianwyr am ganiatáu inni gael mynediad i’r safle, i Midway Motors am y drafnidiaeth ragorol ac i Cegin Bella.

Thank you to Peter & Hefin for a fascinating day, and to all attendees. Special thanks to landowners for allowing us access to the site, to Midway Motors for the excellent transport and to Cegin Bella.

Llesiant yn Nhirlun y Preseli – Wellbeing in the Preseli Landscape

Cafwyd diwrnod ysbrydoledig yn ddiweddar yng nghoetiroedd hyfryd a mawreddog Pentre Ifan; yn archwilio’r ffordd y gall ein cysylltiad hynafol â thirwedd a natur Preseli ddylanwadu ar ein hiechyd a’n lles. Dan arweiniad Andrew Dugmore o Reconnect in Nature (reconnectinnature.org.uk) gwnaethom rannu ein teimladau o fod yn yr awyr agored yn nhirwedd Preseli, ac arbrofi gyda thechnegau ymwybyddiaeth ofalgar i’n helpu i ddeall a dyfnhau ein cysylltiad â’r byd naturiol. Buom hefyd yn siarad am y ffyrdd y byddai ein cyndeidiau wedi byw a faint yn agosach at natur a’r awyr agored y byddent wedi bod; gan eu bod yn dibynnu arno am eu hanfodion sylfaenol a’u goroesiad. Diolch i bawb a fynychodd y diwrnod!

An inspiring day was had recently at the beautiful and majestic woodlands of Pentre Ifan; exploring the way our ancient connection to the Preseli landscape and nature can influence our health and wellbeing. Lead by Andrew Dugmore of Reconnect in Nature (reconnectinnature.org.uk) we shared our feelings of being outdoors in the Preseli landscape, and experimented with mindfulness techniques to help us understand and deepen our connection to the natural world. We also talked around the ways in which our ancestors would have lived and how much closer to nature and the outdoors they would have been; as they depended on it for their basic necessities and survival. Thanks to all that attended the day!

Taith Naws am Le Rosebush – Rosebush Sense of Place Tour

 

Cafwyd diwrnod gwych yr wythnos ddiwethaf, 10 Ebrill, pan aeth yr hanesydd a’r archaeolegydd Peter Claughton â grŵp o 30 o bobl ar daith o amgylch treftadaeth ddiwydiannol drawiadol ardal chwarel Rhos-y-bwlch. Roedd y tywydd yn berffaith gyda Mynyddoedd y Preseli a Llys y Frân i’w gweld yn glir. Gwnaeth y grŵp fwynhau clywed rhagor am orffennol diwydiannol y chwarel ac archwilio’r nodweddion nodedig sy’n weddill. Ar ôl hynny cafwyd paned o de neu beint yn y dafarn leol, Tafarn Sinc. Diolch i Peter Claughton ac i bawb a fynychodd. Bydd rhagor o deithiau cerdded a sgyrsiau yn cael eu cynnal dros gyfnod y prosiect. Cysylltwch â Sophie ar sophiej@planed.org.uk am ragor o wybodaeth.

A fantastic day was had last week the 10th of April, when historian and archaeologist Peter Claughton guided a group of 30 people around the fascinating industrial heritage of the Rosebush quarry area. The weather was perfect with a clear view of the surrounding Preseli range and Llys y Fran. The group enjoyed hearing more about the quarry’s industrial past and exploring the remaining notable features. A cup of tea or a pint was afterward enjoyed in the local Tafarn Sinc. A big thank you to Peter Claughton and everybody that attended. More walks and talks will follow over the duration of the project. Contact Sophie on sophiej@planed.org.uk for more information.

Llwybrau at Wreiddiau Brynberian – Routes to Roots Brynberian

Cafwyd noson wych yng nghwmni rhai o drigolion Brynberian wythnos diwethaf, pan ddaethant at ei gilydd i drafod eu treftadaeth unigryw ac arbennig fel rhan o Brosiect Ein Cymdogaeth Werin.

Mae gweithdai Llwybrau at Wreiddiau yn galluogi cymunedau i archwilio ac adnabod eu treftadaeth a’u hasedau diwylliannol a straeon lleol, wrth symud ymlaen i ystyried dehongli a chyfleoedd twristiaeth.

Mae hwn yn amseru gwych i ardal Brynberian wrth iddynt edrych ymlaen at ailddatblygiad cyffrous eu Canolfan Gymunedol a chreu man dehongli treftadaeth ynddi.

Mae Brynberian yn ardal sydd â chyfoeth o draddodiadau ffermio’r myny’ sy’n mynd yn ôl sawl cenhedlaeth, cymeriadau lleol bythgofiadwy ac mae’n fan amlwg ar gyfer archaeoleg gyda Chromlech Pentre Ifan a Chraig Rhosyfelin i grybwyll dim ond rhai yn unig. Mae i’r ardal lawer o asedau naturiol hefyd megis coetir hynafol Tŷ Canol, gyda sawl taith llwybr a nodweddion i’ch cyfareddu, ac mae “gormod o ddewis” yn ateb cyffredin. Y ogystal, trafodwyd lleoliad busnesau, siopau a gwasanaethau sydd wedi hen fynd o’r ardal.

Gobeithiwn y byddwn yn gweithio’n agos gyda Brynberian yn ystod y prosiect i gefnogi eu gweledigaeth o greu ardal dreftadaeth yn eu Canolfan Gymunedol sydd wedi’i hail-ddatblygu.

Cysylltwch â sophiej@planed.org.uk os oeddech yn gobeithio bod yn y digwyddiad hwn, ac os allwch chi gyfrannu at fenter Brynberian. Edrychwn ymlaen at eich cyfraniad.

 

 

A great evening was had in the company of some of the residents of Brynberian last week, as they came together to discuss their unique and special heritage as part of the Preseli Heartlands Communities Project.

Routes to Roots workshops enable communities to explore and identify their heritage & cultural assets and local stories, whilst moving forward to consider interpretation and opportunities for tourism.

This is great timing for the Brynberian area as they look forward to the exciting re-development of their Community Centre and the creation of a heritage interpretation space within.

Brynberian is an area rich with hill farming traditions going back generations, unforgettable local characters and is a hot spot for archaeology with the Cromlech of Pentre Ifan and Craig Rhosyfelin to name but a few. It also has many natural assets such as Ty Canol ancient woodland, with numerous breath-taking walks and features “too many to choose from” was a common answer. Discussed also was the location of long gone businesses, shops and services in the area.

We hope to work with Brynberian closely over the duration of the project to support their vision of creating a heritage area in their re-developed Community Centre.

Please get in touch sophiej@planed.org.uk if you hoped to be at this event, and have something to share about Brynberian. We’d love to hear from you.