Trea­sure of­fers glimpse into re­gion’s his­tory

Glamorgan Gazette - - News - AAMIR MO­HAMMED­hammed@waleson­

THE lat­est haul of trea­sure found in South Wales has of­fered a rare glimpse into the re­gion’s rich his­tory.

Eleven ar­chae­o­log­i­cal dis­cov­er­ies rang­ing from the ninth cen­tury BC to the 17th cen­tury AD have been de­clared trea­sure by HM Coro­ner for Brid­gend, the Glam­or­gan Val­leys and Powys.

The ob­jects were dis­cov­ered by mem­bers of the pub­lic and are said to be sig­nif­i­cant in adding to our knowl­edge of the tech­nolo­gies, styles and fash­ions of peo­ple liv­ing in and in­flu­enc­ing Wales over time.

Six of the 11 dis­cov­er­ies were found in the Vale of Glam­or­gan, in­clud­ing clud­ing a Ro­man coin hoard oard from Llan­car­fan, near ear Barry, and a me­dieval al sil­ver an­nu­lar brooch h from Llan­gan, near Brid­gend.

Five of the ob­b­jects were diss­cov­ered in Mer­rthyr Tyd­fil and d Powys.

They in­clude de a late bronze age hoard from Llan­fry­nach in Mid Wales.

The items will ill now be ac­quired for mu­se­ums near to the sites where they were un­earthed, for vis­i­tors to see what has been found on their doorsteps.

Among them, a per­sonal dress ob­ject – a post-me­dieval sil­ver dress hook – was dis­cov­ered in Llan­fair near Cow­bridge in June 2016.

It is a style un­known in Wales, al­though sim­i­lar ex­am­ples have been found in North York­shire and Sur­rey.

David Pierce, chair­man of the mu­seum’s board of trustees, said: “Cow­bridge and District Mu­seum will be de­lighted to re­ceive this sil­ver gilt dreshook.

“It will be our first item col­lected with the help of the Sav­ing Trea­sures; Telling Sto­ries pro­ject.

“The mu­seum has re­cently been awarded full ac­cred­i­ta­tion un­der the Welsh Govern­ment scheme, which has al­lowed us to re­ceive trea­sure ob­jects such as this.

“The item will make a very wel­come ad­di­tion to our col­lec­tion of lo­cal arte­facts.”

This ac­ces­sory was par­tic­u­larly pop­u­lar in the 16th cen­tury, when it would have been used to fas­ten and lift up the hem of a gown.

Dr Rhi­anydd Biebrach, a pro­ject pro­jectj of­fi­cer o at the Na- tional Mu­seum Wales, be­lieves cer­tain finds raise more in­trigu­ing ques­tions than an­swers. Dr Biebrach, said: “The two Ro­man coin hoards are both fas­ci­nat­ing. “There’s plenty of ev­i­dence for Ro­man ac­tiv­ity in the Vale of Glam­or­gan, but the Vaynor hoard, from Merthyr Tyd­fil, is par­tic­u­larly sig­nif­i­cant as the ev­i­dence for the pres­ence of the Ro­mans is scarcer in the val­ley ar­eas. “The hoard is also a rel­a­tively early ex­am­ple, hav­ing been buried at about the end of the first cen­tury AD, not that long after the Ro­mans had even­tu­ally y man­aged to sub­due South Wales. “The coin coins were de­libe de­lib­er­ately bur buried, pro prob­a­bly for safeke keep­ing, but why their o owner n never r e - tu turned for them we’ll never know.”


Rhi­anydd Biebrach – Pro­ject Of­fi­cer Sav­ing Trea­sures

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