Introduction

Roman soldier

Welcome to Amgueddfa Cymru — National Museum Wales's Department of Archaeology & Numismatics at National Museum Cardiff.

For over seventy-five years the Department has collected evidence of life and death in Wales, including items ranging from mammoth's teeth and shipwrecks to celtic coins and cannon balls.

Together they tell us about the archaeology and history of Wales from the first use of caves 250,000 years ago to the start of the industrial revolution.

Roman pottery

As well as studying these remains to further our understanding of the origins of Wales, the Department works towards presenting these findings to audiences ranging from school parties, museum visitors and web browsers to national societies and academics.

To achieve this goal we maintain galleries at National Museum Cardiff as well as conducting fieldwork projects and publishing a range of catalogues of the collections, academic articles and more popular works. We also organize a varied events programme for all ages and levels of interest.

14th century Welsh gold brooch, set with rubies and cameos

Further information relating to the archaeology collections:

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Read more stories about our collections on our Rhagor website.
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