I just missed the weekend community dig and celebratory hog roast that had followed the first fortnight of excavation. I didn't stoop to pick up a trowel, neither did I shake the sieve, But I talked to people and I listened. And now I'm trying to remember what was said. There was just so much that made me realise how similar the two projects are and just how much we can learn from each other.
Fifteen years ago or so, Caerau was under threat from a new dual carriageway planned to run right through the middle of the hillfort. A damage limitation compromise still resulted in the loss of a slice of woodland. You can just see the road cutting between the trees.
The housing development couldn't get much closer either, Heritage Close is exactly what it says - close to the heritage - probably on top of it. Just like the houses on Fort Hill Road are almost part of Wincobank Hillfort.
All the other challenges are there too - vandalism, litter, graffiti, off road vehicles. The woodland paths are overgrown and steep. Barbed wire encloses the summit to contain the cattle who usually graze on the hillfort. The picturesque ruin of St Mary's Church is a focus for anti-social behaviour and local people, who remember it as an active church and lively youth club are trying to keep it tidy and protect the ancient graves.
It is the Friends of St Mary's who are the main community partners and several members were on site, working in the blazing sun to scrape away the dry and dusty soil searching for fragments of molten metal in the clay that might suggest early metal working. Not far away, a team of university students were gradually revealing the gulley and post holes of an enormous round house that was large enough to shelter three generations of a family along with their cattle. I was really impressed with the patience and persistence of the diggers and how willing they were to explain to visitors what they were doing and how important this experience was to them.