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

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

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.

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.