Never a Dull Moment for the Man from DATRIS


From interviews with university professors out in the fresh air of the Preseli Hills, to discussions with archaeologists, 3D modelling of ancient animal jawbones, or working on the very exciting (and very top secret) virtual exhibit for our very own Pembrokeshire Iron Age chariot project, it’s fair to say that over the past few weeks there hasn’t been a single even remotely dull moment for the project coordinator of DATRIS (Digital Assets and Training for Rural Innovative Solutions), John Ewart.

John has been involved in discussions with HaverHub about the refurbishment of the Old Post Office on Haverfordwest’s Quay Street where he hopes to help in the establishment of a brand new IT infrastructure. He’s also been donning his filmmaking hat shooting several films in preparation for the 2020 Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Archaeology Day, which this year is being held online.

Whether John and the DATRIS team have had time to eat or sleep over the recent weeks is not clear, but what is certain is that the interviews with the UCL professors formed part of an ongoing archaeology project, which has seen DATRIS not only in discussions with archaeologists about prehistoric burial sites, and involved 3D modelling of Mesolithic bear jaws, but has also seen the shooting of some spectacular drone footage and the recording of Welsh language interviews between PLANED’s Sophie Jenkins and the community archaeologist from the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.

More recently the DATRIS team has spent the majority of its time working closely with Amgueddfa Cymru, the National Museum of Wales, on the extremely exciting virtual exhibit for that Iron Age chariot discovered, incredibly, here in Pembrokeshire. Naturally, as far as both the chariot and the exhibition are concerned, the key words are “hush” and “hush” (in that order), at least for the time being, of course, until the museum is ready to present them to the world.

Full details of the 2020 Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Archaeology Day can be found on the PLANED website where more information will become available closer to the event.

Kitty Parsons

Kitty Parsons

Kitty is an incomer, with five summers under her belt and the knowledge that even the wettest and greyest of winters have not diminished her love of Pembrokeshire. She knows she will never live long enough to be considered a local but hopes to leave some small mark through writing about this beautiful county and its people.

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