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Bronze strap union (part of a chariot) from Nant-y-cafn in southern Wales (mid 1st century CE). This replica, based on an archaeological find, approximates what it would initially have looked like before it spent nearly 2,000 years in the dirt.

Young boy proudly showing off his new tricycle, Wales, 1910s.

Young boy proudly showing off his new tricycle, Wales, 1910s.

St David’s, Pembrokeshire, Wales, July 1963.

St David’s, Pembrokeshire, Wales, July 1963.

Snowdon Summit, Wales, circa 1905.

Snowdon Summit, Wales, circa 1905.

‘Millennia of human activity’: heatwave reveal…

‘Millennia of human activity’: heatwave reveals lost UK archaeological sites:

Ancient farms, burial mounds and neolithic monuments among fascinating finds in Britain and Ireland this summer.

The picture above shows prehistoric monuments and buildings found near Eynsham, in Oxfordshire. The prehistoric outlines have been revealed as crops shriveled in the unusual summmer drought.

50 rare photos that capture everyday life of Swansea, Wales in…

50 rare photos that capture everyday life of Swansea, Wales in the mid-19th century.

A Battery Field Artillery, New South Wales – T…

A Battery Field Artillery, New South Wales – Tom Roberts

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The Prince of Wales motors past a cheering cr…

The Prince of Wales motors past a cheering crowd in Aden, 1921.

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A Rare Smile

A recently rediscovered fragment of an abbot’s grave slab from North Wales may offer an unusual glimpse of a medieval personality. An archaeology analyzed the two-foot-long stone piece and found that it once lay atop the tomb of an abbot named Howel, who led an important Welsh abbey around 1300. The slab depicts Howel in realistic fashion—rare for the period—and wearing a broad smile.

Records suggest Howel was a power broker during the period and might have been seen as an important source of stability in the community.

The Triple Bridge of Pontarfynach

In Wales, is a small village named Pontarfynach, meaning “the bridge on the Mynach”. But its name is a little bit of a misnomer: there are actually three bridges!

The original and the lowest bridge was built in the 1000s CE. When that was thought to be unstable, a second stone bridge was built over the gorge directly atop the original bridge. That was in the mid-1700s century. The original bridge was not demolished; rather it was used to support scaffolding during construction. The third and the final bridge is an iron bridge constructed in 1901.