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A Glimmer in the Earth

A Glimmer in the Earth is the title of an exhibition at CARAD (Community Arts Rhayader And District) running between the 4th June and 4th September 2011. The exhibition uses two historic discoveries in the area, one of 4 Bronze Age torcs and one of 3 items of Roman jewellery (see photos to left and below), to introduce the character of the Rhayader district in the distant past.

In March CPAT received an invitation from the film group at CARAD to contribute to a short film about the archaeology of the district to set the scene for the area at the time the items were buried, hidden or lost. A short interview at CARAD was followed by filming on location at Nant Gwynllyn Bronze Age standing stone and the Roman marching camp at Esgair Perfedd. Thanks to fine (if rather chilly) weather and a steady supply of coffee and Welsh cakes the day was a great success!

Subsequently Jeff Spencer was invited to attend the preview of the finished film and the grand opening of the exhibition in Rhayader; the evening event was very popular with over 150 people in attendance. Glimmer in the Earth is a triumph; rewarding all the hard work of the dedicated staff at CARAD, visit it (as soon and as often as you can) before September when the torcs will return to their permanent home at the National Museum in Cardiff and the jewellery to the British Museum.

We look forward to working with the staff and volunteers at CARAD again in the future.

Jeff Spencer, June 2011

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