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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.

Danny Jones' wife Lizzie to present Challenge Cup at Wembley

Lizzie Jones, the wife of the late Welsh rugby player Danny Jones, will present the Challenge Cup at Wembley.

Lizzie Jones sung 'Abide With Me' at last year's final. Credit: PA

The former professional singer, who sang 'Abide With Me' before last year's final between Leeds and Hull KR, will be guest of honour when Warrington take on Hull in the 2016 final later this month.

Jones, who has fronted a successful campaign to purchase defibrillators for community and junior clubs, has another big date next month when she will join over 400 women from all walks of life at the 2016 Women of the Year Lunch in recognition of her fund-raising efforts.

Jones launched the Danny Jones Defibrillator Fund in memory of her late husband after he collapsed and died from an undiagnosed heart condition while playing for Keighley against London Skolars in May last year.

The Danny Jones Defibrillator Fund is my way of saying a big 'thank-you' to the wider rugby league family for all they have done for me and my children since we lost Danny. I want the fund to be a platform to help the wider sporting community too, so to receive this Women Of The Year recognition alongside so many impressive, inspirational women doing such great work for their families and communities is truly thrilling.

– Lizzie Jones


Gotta drink 'em all! Pub changes name as Pokemon players flood in

The new sign, complete with a smiling Pikachu, has been fixed at the front of the pub. Credit: Wales News Service

A landlord from Anglesey has renamed his pub The Pokemon Arms - because gamers keep flooding to the bar to use its Wifi.

The Panton Arms in the village of Pentraeth enjoyed a surprise boom of new customers when the smartphone game Pokemon GO was launched earlier this summer.

Landlord Ed Griffiths realised it was because they were using the pub's Wifi - because no internet signal was available nearby.

So Ed got a new sign printed renaming the remote pub as The Pokemon Arms instead.

There's a Pokestop over the road and one of my mates is massively into Pokémon. We joked we could change the name of the pub into the Pokemon Arms so we had the sign printed. It's been a laugh, it's got a bit of interest.

– Ed Griffiths, Landlord

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