Walkers' contributions needed for project examining changing face of county's coast

COASTAL ARCHAEOLOGY: Schoolchildren visit an excavation at West Angle beach PICTURE: Dyfed Archaeological Trust.

COASTAL ARCHAEOLOGY: Schoolchildren visit an excavation at West Angle beach PICTURE: Dyfed Archaeological Trust. (6059775)

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Are you a regular walker along the beaches and cliff tops of West Wales?

If so, you may be able to contribute to the research which is being undertaken by CADW. It is called Arfordir (Welsh for coastline) and next Wednesday (May 21) at 7pm. in Penally Village Hall, Polly Groom, CADW's regional inspector for Ancient Monuments and Archaeology, will be outlining the project's purpose.

In her talk, Shaped by the Sea: Coastal and Inter-tidal Archaeology, Polly will cover some of the most recent discoveries and what any walker might encounter.

Over four months, devastation caused by the wind and sea changed the face of some of Pembrokeshire’s coastline and exposed evidence of habitation and vegetation that was lost to erosion or dunes many centuries ago.

Arfordir aims to identify and record the wide range of archaeological sites to be found around the changing coastline and to assess the erosion. It is predicted that sea levels will continue to rise and there are already warnings from some weathermen that next winter could be a repeat pattern of storms.

It is important that changes to our coastline are noted and recorded for posterity but doing so is a massive task. That is why CADW is asking for help from any one who has noted significant changes or uncovered objects which have been exposed.

Entrance to the talk is free and refreshments will be available, but people are asked to arrive early to be sure of a seat

*Penally History Group, which is hosting Polly's talk, is busy preparing for its next exhibition in September.

Penally has always had a strong military presence - from the training camps which the Pembrokeshire Yeomanry set up in the fields, to the World War One practice trenches (which still exist) and the current army camp at the end of the village.

The Great War is the major topic of research all over the country this year but the history group is looking only at how it affected one tiny village like Penally which, in 1914, was a quarter its present size and still managed to send 87 men to the front.

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