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Treasure gives clues to lives of our Bronze Age ancestors.

HISTORICALLY important treasure has been discovered by Welsh metal detectorists.

The six finds - unearthed in Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire - range in date from 800 BC to the 16th century.

Archaeologists say the discoveries will allow them to find out more on lesser-known areas of Wales' history.

The objects include: | a hoard of three fragmentary Bronze Age socketed axes found in Kidwelly Community, Carmarthenshire; | a hoard of 105 Roman coins found in Angle Community, Pembrokeshire; | a fragmentary Viking silver arm ring found in Jeffreyston Community, Pembrokeshire; | a medieval silver seal matrix found near St Dogmael's, Pembrokeshire; | a 16th-century silver decorative gilt ring found in Manorbier Community, Pembrokeshire; and | a post-medieval silver scabbard chape found in Camrose Community, Pembrokeshire.

The small axe hoard, discovered by Paul Williams, is the oldest and is thought to be nearly 3,000 years old. It is thought likely they were deliberately damaged before being buried as part of a small ritual performed by a local community or bronze workers.

Adam Gwilt, of Amgueddfa Cymru-National Museum Wales, said: "The hoard was buried in the vicinity of the meeting of the rivers Gwendraeth, Tywi and Taf, where they then flow into Carmarthen Bay.

"This suggests that this landscape location, near rivers and coast, was particularly valued and significant to these Bronze Age communities."

The Roman coin hoard, found by Stephen Witts, was buried during the 3rd century AD and covered with an inverted bowl. The penannular (incomplete circle) silver Viking arm ring is said to "shed new light on Viking-age activity in Pembrokeshire" in the ninth and 10th centuries.

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