Archaeological sites in the Cwmcelyn Valley, Blaenau Gwent, are being destroyed by illegal off-road vehicles, according to archaeologists and local farmers.
The sites, which are located across the Cwmcelyn Valley area, have been excavated for the past four years by the Cwmcelyn Hidden Landscapes Project.
Over 300 archaeological finds have been unearthed by the project, which is run entirely by volunteers. For this reason, the excavations have been hailed as the “biggest archaeological project of its kind.”
It has also been visited by HRH Princess Anne, as a result of its success.
But, the valley has been dealing with the growing problem of illegal off-road vehicles, which have allegedly caused damage to Cwmcelyn’s archaeological sites, wildlife habitats and livestock.
The issue has even been raised in Parliament by Blaenau Gwent MP, Nick Smith.
But, according to video footage taken on Sunday, the problem has continued.
Secretary of the Aberystruth History and Archaeology Society (AHAS), Ian Fewings, said it was a growing problem.
In a statement, Blaenau Gwent Sergeant, Neil Pigeon said they have received 6 reports of off-road bikers.