Celtic Manor Ryder Cup course extension, excavation at Great Bulmore (MM176),summary report
Planning consent has been granted to the Celtic Manor Resort for an extension to theexisting Wentwood Hills golf course. The Glamorgan-Gwent Archaeological Trustwere appointed by the Celtic Manor Resort to oversee and undertake archaeologicalworks in connection with the development of the new course which will be the one onwhich the Ryder Cup golf tournament will be played in 2010. One of the new greens,Hole 17, impinged on the Scheduled Ancient Monument known as Roman Site GreatBulmore MM 176. Twenty-four evaluation trenches were examined in the monument.The result of the evaluation was that remains of Roman date were discovered on theflatter ground at the base of the hill at various points in the SAM area.At the request of Cadw a potential burial was removed and five small additionaltrenches excavated in order to define the southern limits of the single certain buildingcomplex found by the evaluation. All remains were recorded before the trenches werebackfilled; those containing remains by hand the others mechanically. As theevaluation provided definition of the limits the SAM boundary can be realigned.This report provides a summary of the findings as required by Condition 9 of theScheduled Monument Consent. A full report will be published following completionof post excavation work for the whole development.
Thanks are due to Sir Terry Matthews, Russell Phillips and the staff of Celtic ManorResort and the Cadw monitoring group of Rick Turner, Richard Brewer (NMGW) andNeil Maylan of GGAT Curatorial the archaeological advisor to Newport CityCouncil. Thanks are also extended to Hugh Owen and the staff of Griffiths, CivilEngineering Contractors. The project was managed by Andrew Marvell BA MIFAand the fieldwork was directed by Martin Tuck of GGAT Contracts. The site team of Jon Burton, Catherine Rees, Lee Jones, Rodger Burchell, Scott Bradburn, RowenaHart, Rob Riddett, Dave Roberts, Jim Toseland and Richard Lewis are thanked fortheir endeavours.
The copyright of this report is held by the Glamorgan-Gwent Archaeological TrustLtd, which has granted an exclusive licence to Celtic Manor Resort and their agents touse and reproduce the information contained within. Ordnance Survey mapping isreproduced under licence AL10005976. Annotations are GGAT copyright.