“Heritage is not just about sticks and stones. It’s about things making sense to people, part of the accumulated culture of their communities.” – John Yates


I started writing this blog during my Institute for Archaeologists workplace learning placement as a Trainee Heritage Officer at the Brecon Beacons National Park from October 2012 to September 2013. Due to the blog’s success and popularity during this time I decided to continue writing about my archaeological explorations, some of which will cover work I do in my job and others will investigate my own out-of-work archaeological interests.

On the 6th January 2014 I started a job as the Community Archaeologist for the CALCH project. This project has now come to an end, the result being fantastic interactive interpretation at the Black Mountain Quarries near Brynaman. I was lucky enough to be involved with quite a lot of this project, worked with some fantastic local volunteers and organised and coordinated some very fun events during my time with Dyfed Archaeological Trust. Unfortunately due to the hectic nature of the CALCH project, I was unable to post much during my time with the Trust.

From the end of the CALCH project I worked for a few weeks as part of Dyfed Archaeological Trust’s field services team, working on an excavation in Ceredigion and on some report writing for previously completed fieldwork projects. I have since been offered an exciting new local job on a project which will be both exciting and unique within the area. I really cannot wait, and hope to be able to share with you more information on this new venture as soon as possible.

At the moment I have taken some time off over the festive season in order to catch up with life. During this time I hope to write some of the articles I meant to write over the past 11 months, and I hope you will enjoy them when they go live. I’m hoping to write a whole series of tongue-in-cheek articles about the BBC series Atlantis of which I have become quite the fan.

Please stay tuned and don’t hesitate to contact me (HollyMae Steane Price) with any queries you may have regarding the CALCH project or the archaeology I mention on this site (hsp.heritage@yahoo.co.uk).

17 thoughts on “About

  1. Ronnie

    It does sound like a wonderful job, look forward to more!
    They must have thought your ‘various’ over use was some how appropriate :)

  2. ritaroberts

    Hello, Thanks for visiting my blog and your comment. Your ” About Me ” sounds wonderful. I know the Brecon Beacons well as I used to live in Knighton Powy’s. Have you been to Lyme Regis where its great for fossils. Enjoy your job.

    1. hspheritage Post author

      No problem! The Brecon Beacons is a wonderful place – I’m so lucky to be working here! Yes, been to Lyme Regis a couple of times and have spent many a day searching for fossils on the Isle of Wight… I LOVE it!

      Looking forward to reading your blogs when I get some time!

      Take care

  3. Raj

    Yes looks like a great Job Just think of us behind a computer most of the day only dreaming about working outside! Good luck and keep blogging with some more interesting outdoor stuff!

  4. Ajaytao2010

    Nice reading about you

    Thanks for visiting my blog. Be in touch. Browse through the category sections, I feel you may find something of your interest.

  5. Judy

    This does sound wonderful!! I wanted to be an archaeologist when I was young and the appeal of that type of work has never left me. In the 7th grade I was on a dig in Virginia where they had to move a drovers tavern back some 500 ft or so to make way for a road. We found lots of interesting Civil War artifacts and the thing said to be unexpected was that we found Union and Confederate uniform buttons there when there was no record of both armies being at that location. But, it was a drover’s tavern so who knows who did come by. It was great fun!! I have a cousin who participated in many digs in Europe, primarily she did the architectural drawings.
    So best to you on a wonderful and interesting journey to the past, present and future..much to learn.

    1. hspheritage Post author

      It is fantastic though unfortunately generally very poorly paid, but I love it!

      That sounds like a fascinating place to dig! I love how archaeology can shed light on gaps in history.

      I will be posting about my future journeys :)

  6. Jonathan Caswell

    I have Welsh blood on my Dad’s side and an interest in what you are doing…thank you also for following my blog, BY THE MIGHTY MUMFORD. Not too many poems on archaeology lately…hmmm, let me think!!!!! :)

    1. hspheritage Post author

      Yes! Write some archaeology poetry (and I suggest you look up Gruff Rhys’ ‘Court of King Arthur for some rhyme inspiration in that department!).

      Thanks for dropping by :)


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