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The Clwyd-Powys Archaeological Trust


CPAT's agenda ...

CPAT is one of four Welsh Archaeological Trusts working closely with other national, regional and local bodies, to help protect, record and interpret all aspects of the historic environment for the whole of Wales.

Most of CPAT's work is in the Clwyd-Powys area - the county of Powys and the local authority areas in the former county of Clwyd - Denbighshire, Flintshire, Wrexham County Borough and the eastern part of Conwy County Borough.

How CPAT is organised and funded ...

The Trust's staff are organised into an Administration Team, Curatorial Team and a Project Team. The Trust's core activities include the provision of information and advice on the archaeological resource to local, regional and national enquirers, and fieldwork projects to survey, examine and assess that resource. The bulk of the funding for these regional archaeological services is received from Cadw and the Royal Commission on Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales (RCAHMW), with additional resources coming from local authorities and private developers.

The Trust is a registered charity and a limited company, and its activities are managed by a board of Trustees and an advisory committee. Membership is invited from local authorities, museums, universities, historical societies and other bodies with interests in the archaeology of the region. Our Annual Report contains a full list of trustees and members of its advisory committee.

What the Trust does ...

Our Curatorial Team maintains the Regional Sites and Monuments Record - an archive and computerised database of all known archaeological or heritage related sites in the Clwyd-Powys area. We also hold excavation archives, records of land and building surveys, and an extensive collection of air photographs, all of which are continually updated as new information becomes available.

Map showing area covered by CPAT

Right: The extent of the area covered by Clwyd-Powys Archaeological Trust are shaded green

As part of our curatorial role, Heritage Management provides advice to farmers, landowners and environmental organisations on the archaeology and other aspects of the cultural heritage, particularly with regard to the Tir Gofal agri-environment scheme in Wales. We are also actively involved in the interpretation, and conservation of sites of archaeological or historical interest, and in giving school talks, public lectures and exhibitions of our work.

The Curatorial Team also provide Planning Advice on the effects of proposed building works, new roads and utilities upon the archaeological resource for planning authorities, developers, local and national organisations, and the general public, in line with the Welsh Archaeological Trusts Curators' Code of Practice.

Our Project Team undertakes a wide variety of field recording and assessment projects such as, monument and building surveys, excavations, desk-top studies, regional landscape surveys, aerial photography, field evaluations and watching briefs.


The Clwyd-Powys Archaeological Trust is a limited company registered in Wales No. 1212455, a registered charity No.508301, and is a Registered Archaeological Organisation with the Institute of Field Archaeologists, No. RAO 6.

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