Roman Industrial Site Discovered in Wales

Archaeologists working on a timber trackway at Llancynfelyn, near Talybont have discovered the remains of a 3rd century Roman industrial site beneath it.

"We think we're starting to uncover an example of a Roman industrial site that probably did some sort of smelting because there are examples of charcoals and other heavily burnt items," said Project Manager Nigel Page, of Cambria Archaeology. Among the discoveries was a kiln.

The medieval trackway was first discovered in March and is considered the best-preserved track in Wales. Experts attribute the preservation to a peat bog.

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A friend of mine, from Calontir, participated in a dig where they were excavating ancient iron smelting furnaces from even earlier than that.