The post-excavation assessment works were carried in two stages, each to approved designs. The first a site data review and material classification exercise was completed in 2007. The second finished in 2010 resulted in a completed site summary of the excavated remains by phase and included assessments by specialists of the various categories of artefact and environmental remains, which included recommendations for more detailed study and reporting as merited.
The assessment concluded that the recovered information has the potential to increase knowledge of the prehistoric, Roman and medieval settlement of Cardiff, and facilitate comparative studies of similar settlement sites in the region. The comparison of the site data with other settlements and castle sites in south Wales has the potential to contribute to archaeological understanding on a regional level. A programme of additional analysis and reporting was therefore recommended.
Post-excavation reporting works
The objectives of the post-excavation programme, are to compile a research archive comprising a full stratigraphic matrix and site narrative, full artefactual and environmental reports, and archive illustrations, combined with relevant literature-based research leading to a full archive/client report. This will form the basis of further publication documents.
The agreed programme, which will run over four years is:
Step 1: Following analysis and conservation where necessary, preparation of specialist reports and archive illustrations, including artefactual illustration;
Step 2: Stratigraphic analysis, with production of final site matrix and narrative;
Step 3: Integration and synthesis of stratigraphic, artefactual and illustrative records into a full archive report;
Step 4: Preparation of publication report text(s) and illustrations;
Step 5: Archive deposition.