As prospectors seek to re-open a disused gmine in north , we back at some curious finds from across the country.

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1. Our very own dinosaur

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Im caption Sm, agile and a -eater – what the ‘Welsh’ theropod have ed like
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Im caption It probably ate lge insects, lizds, and sm s, be even ng

While be more famous for being a land of dragons, it also seems was a land of with the of a new species of beast by Nick and Rob Hanigan. The juvenile therapod was found after a rock f off cliffs in Llantwit Major, of Glamorgan in 2014. Named after the Latin for dragon robber and the ’ name, the 201 million ye dracorapter hanigani, a relative of T-Re, is on in the .

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2. Roman chiot

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Im caption One of two bridle bits being unethed, indicating a pr of ponies

After prospecting with a detector for three decades, Mike Smith, of Milford Haven, finy struck lucky when he dug up pt of a Celtic horse hness dating from ound 600 BC. The find – which also d a terret ring to reins and a pr of chiot wheels – is believed to be the Roman chariot burial found in . Chiot burials were reserved for high- s, who would be interred with their chiot, horses, tack and even .

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3. Crop mks revealing prehistoric sites

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Im caption Crop mks of prehistoric enclosure in the of Glamorgan and footings of a suspected Roman villa

The 2018 wave had some surprising consequences for chaeologists. From their lofty heights, they spotted countless lost settlements as crop marks. One such site was found ne , , while prehistoric sites and a suspected Roman fortress were spotted in Monmouthshire. The discoveries e being followed up by rerch on the ground.

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4. G in them th hills

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Im caption Undated of ers at the former Clogau mine

Is g in them th hills? That is what bosses of a g firm e hoping as they ry out rerch across a 20-mile stretch of the Doellau g belt in . Their plan is to re-open the Clogau St ’s gold mine at , Doellau, which was shut in 1989. G from Clogau has been used for many royal weddings – a tradition that began with the M in 1923.

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5. M’s g cape

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Im caption The M g cape is one of the ’s most prized possessions

This g cape is a ceremonial cape of gold that once slotted over its weer’s shoulders. Made in the Bronze ound 3,700 yes ago, it was found in 1833 by qurymen in M, Flintshire. They uncovered a stone-lined grave with the remns of a skeleton and the cape. Conred one of the finest eamples of g ing in , it is one of the ’s most prized tes.

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6. An ancient canoe

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Im caption If proven to be a canoe the timber would be a “ find”, according to eperts

This like a rotten – in , it is most probably a Bronze dug-out canoe found in north under a burnt mound. The hollowed-out oak tree would have likely ferried ound go – perhaps from – on the river nets. It could have also ded in ely Britn, taking to and from the ea a river nets or even overs.

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7. Medieval treasures

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Im caption A medieval merchant’s ring and pendant, both most likely lost by their owners

Most precious finds from the Middle s were items that were accidenty lost, according to Rhianydd Biebrach of the Saving Treasures, Telling programme run by National , diff. This ring, from 1500, once beed to a merchant from Haverfordwest. It is engraved with the Tau cross of St Anthony, who was believed to protect agnst dise. The pendant, found ne port, also had religious significance, the inscribed letters AGLA making reference to the Hebrew phrase Atha Gebri Leilan Adon, meaning ‘Thou t mighty for ever, O Lord’.

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8 A medieval ship

Im caption It is believed to be the most complete ship of its type found in the from the 15th Century

Hidden treasures do not come much bigger than this one. A 15th Century merchant ship was discovered in the mud on the banks of the River Usk in 2002, during building for port’s Riverfront . was a local campgn to preserve it and chaeologists have since been pnstakingly preserving the 2,000 timbers and tes – from , s to a cannonb – discovered during the ecavation. The port Medieval Ship – which would have been 30m – is believed to originate from the Basque region of in the mid 1450s and visitors e able to see ongoing conservation work for themselves.

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