|30 April 2000
A 3,000-year old Welsh gold mine
Archaeologists from British National Trust have hailed the discovery that Dolaucothi gold mine in Carmarthenshire (west Wales) could be as much as 3,000 years old. The evidence has been uncovered by French archaeologists, who have been working at the site to learn more about the history of gold mining. In fact, the French team involved on the dig are world experts on ancient and Roman gold mines. They have concluded from primary observations that a major part of this site is pre-Roman in its origins, as there was evidence in the area that were consistent with Iron Age workings. The mine has not been extensively worked and reworked over, so this now has to be confirmed by real digging and that excavation could take several years.
However, after a review of the site, The National Trust's archaeology panel declared that the discovery is as significant as Stonehenge. In a Welsh context, it is the first clear indication of what the area's inhabitants were capable of achieving before they were first invaded by the Romans.
Source: BBC News (12 April, 2000)
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