Cophill Farm, Chepstow Fieldwalking ProjectStaff: Elizabeth Walker, Mark Lodwick and Jackie Chadwick
During the autumn 2004 a surface collection of flints found on land belonging to Cophill Farm near Chepstow was reported to the Portable Antiquities Scheme in Wales. Analysis of the assemblage identified some late Last Glacial flints, including a piercer and a composite tool comprising a burin on one end and a scraper on the other. This has led to a continuing project to systematically walk and plot finds of flint made on the land belonging to the farm as it is ploughed with the assistance of local residents and local societies – Chepstow Archaeological Society, Cardiff Archaeological Society and the Shirenewton Local History Group.
Further fieldwork and field walking will be planned as and when fields on this farm are ploughed. The stone tools discovered will be arranged, described and drawn and their significance to the understanding of South East Wales during the late Last Glacial and to later periods assessed.