Archaeologists working at a west Wales gold mine said they have
made a discovery "as important as Stonehenge".
Leading archaeologists from The National Trust have hailed the
discovery that Dolaucothi gold mine in Carmarthenshire could be as
much as 3,000 years old.
The evidence has been uncovered by French archaeologists, who
have been working with The National Trust at the site to learn more
about the history of gold mining.
The Roman associations at Dolaucothi are already known but this
research has put the site in a historical context.
The National Trust's archaeology panel has reviewed the site.
They say 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. By the time of the Roman Conquest, it was the
Demetae tribe which governed the area, and they seemed to be
relatively content to accept the Roman presence when it first
The site has not been extensively worked and reworked over.