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The Trust is a charitable company with an established object ‘to educate the public in archaeology’. The powers by which it may do this are set out in the Articles. These include: being able to undertake, prepare or promote archaeological research, excavations, surveys, reports and advice and for any consequent or similar activities; to publish or otherwise distribute information; to arrange for the safe-keeping of all records arising from such objects and for their eventual deposition; to arrange for the safe-keeping of all materials and objects recovered as a result of such archaeological work, and, where appropriate to arrange for their eventual deposition and/or display.
Currently the trust provides assistance with the maintenance of the Historic Environment Record for the area covered by the former counties of the three Glamorgans and Gwent; the record is owned by a subsidiary trust the GGAT HER Charitable Trust. The Trust provides strategic and development control planning advice to the twelve unitary authorities in south Wales. It also provides advice to a wide range of bodies with powers to undertake works that could adversely affect the historic environment and which may not need planning permission (eg Natural Resources Wales, Church in Wales, Ministry of Defence, Crown Estates, Utilities (as Statutory Undertakers)). It carries out monument class assessments. It undertakes archaeological (and other historic environment) assessments, evaluations, excavations, watching-brief, surveys and reports on results. It carries out programmes of outreach and engagements within the communities of south Wales.