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Exploring the Past on the Welsh South Coast

Carreg Coetan Arthur Burial Chamber

Castell Henllys Iron Age Fort

Following over two decades of extensive archaeological excavations, an Iron Age hill fort has been re-constructed in the Castell Henllys hill fort, thought to be about 2,400 years old. Drawing on the results of this research, a number of roundhouses and a granary have been built on the very foundations of Iron Age buildings. The hill fort is situated in what is now the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.

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Pentre Ifan

Pentre Ifan is the largest and best preserved of all the Neolithic portal tombs in Wales. The dolmen dates to about 3,500 years BC. Somewhat delicately supported by the narrow tips of three upright megaliths, at a height of 2.4 metres above ground, the large capstone is thought to weight about 16 tonnes. While a number of stones of the original monument lay scattered about, seven are in their correct position.

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Strata Florida Abbey

The most substantial surviving remains of Strata Florida Abbey is the impressive carved entrance archway, once the west door to the abbey church. Low walls or foundational footings indicate the extent of the rest of the church and the six subsidiary chapels. A Cistercian abbey that was founded in about 1164, Strata Florida went on to be the focal point of important historical and political events.

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Talley Abbey

Today all the remains of what was a Premonstratensian Abbey are the ruins of the abbey church. The monastery was founded by Rhys ap Gruffydd, the ruler of the kingdom of Deheubarth in south Wales, sometime between 1184 and 1189. Many of the houses in the village of Talley were built out of stone from the abbey, which was plundered after its dissolution by Henry VIII.

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Egypt Centre Museum of Egyptian Antiquities

The Egypt Centre is a university museum with over 4500 artefacts, the majority are Egyptian but also a few Classical pieces. Most of these come from the immense collection of objects amassed by the pharmacist Sir Henry Wellcome. Artefacts range from carved stone fragments to painted linen shrouds. Among the many highlights are over 200 objects from the city of Amarna, and two pieces of a stone sarcophagus which belonged to Amenhotep.

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