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Bronze Age treasure found in Monmouthshire

Bronze Age tools and weapons found in a field in Monmouthshire have been declared treasure.

Two hoards of axe and spear heads were found in Monmouthshire. Credit: National Museum Wales

Two hoards of axe and spear heads were found 135 metres apart in a field in Llantilio Croessenny, by a group using metal detectors. Experts believe the items date back to around 1,000-800 BC.

The discoveries were first reported to the Portable Antiquities Scheme Cymru in January before museum archaeologists from the National Museum Wales were called in.

These hoards contain a real variety of tools and weapons used towards the end of the Bronze Age in this region. Many whole and still usable bronze objects were carefully buried in the ground at this particular time and archaeologists now think that these may have been gifts to the gods and ancestors, buried during ritual ceremonies. It is curious that this place in the landscape was chosen for the burial of two hoards of the same date and very close to each other.

– Adam Gwilt, National Museum Wales
Experts believe the items date back to around 1,000-800 BC. Credit: National Museum Wales

Abergavenny Museum said it hoped to buy the items with money from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Snowdon to feature on new £5 coin

Wales’ highest mountain will feature on a new commemorative £5 coin, to be struck at The Royal Mint in Llantrisant.

Just over 2,000 of the coins will be made. Credit: The Royal Mint

The coin will be part of a collection celebrating Britain’s most-loved natural attractions.

South Wales-based artists Glyn Davies and Laura Clancy painted the Snowdonian mountain range in watercolour, before engraving the details onto tools for the coins to be struck. Just over two thousand of the coins will be made.

The collection also features the likes of the Giant’s Causeway and the Lake District Credit: The Royal Mint

The Giant’s Causeway, the Lake District and the White Cliffs of Dover will also feature as part of the collection.

In May, the Mint opened its visitor attraction, ‘The Royal Mint Experience’ at its base.

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