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A Gwynedd (Guide to Ancient & Historic Wales) This guidebook takes the reader on a tour of the history of Gwynedd. The 150 sites covered range from the monumental tombs of the first farmers to the circles and cairns of the Bronze Age, from the forts of the Roman army to the strongholds of the English King Edward 1, and from early Christian graves to Cistercian monasteries. It provides knowledge of the moors and mountains, the ruins of the tombs and castles of the great, and the evocative remains of more mundane homes and workplaces. One of the best methods of conservation is to awaken in people an awareness of the value of the ancient sites which enrich our landscape. This series of four regional guides to Wales aims to do so, by providing the reader with a tangible link with the past.

Castell Dinas Emrys, Gwynedd Castell Dinas includes a discussion of the early Norman Conquest of North Wales during the reign of William the Conqueror and the campaigns of Gruffydd ap Cynan which led to the eventual liberation of Gwynedd in the reign of Henry I. From this a conclusion is reached that the castle may have been the work of either Robert Ruddlan or the earl of Chester in the late eleventh century rather than a later Welsh foundation. The castle remains are examined in detail and the results of the two excavations which occurred on the site this century are analyzed. Also examined are some of the prehistoric defences which included a long causeway entrance. The shattered ruins of the keep set on a spur beneath Snowdon.

Gwynedd: Inheriting a Revolution: The Archaeology of Industrialisation in North-West Wales Gwynedd, the north-west quadrant of Wales, is particularly rich in the archaeology of the industrial and modern periods. It was once the major producer of roofing slates worldwide, and for a while it dominated the international trade in copper ore. This is the first comprehensive study of the industrial archaeology of this fascinating region, and takes a wide-ranging view of its scope and nature. The mines, quarries and narrow-gauge railways for which the area is famous are covered in detail, as are well-known works of engineering such as the Menai and Britannia bridges. Also explored are lesser-known industries such as textile production, electricity generation and metal-processing, and other economic activities such as agriculture, which are not generally considered to be part of the industrial landscape. Using a wide range of fascinating evidence, the author tells the remarkable story of the society which evolved in Gwynedd, with its vigorous minority language and its radical politics. The legacies of industrial housing, churches and chapels, along with retailing and consumer goods, are all examined within the broader context of a globalising economy. This attractive volume will appeal to residents and local historians alike. In addition, anyone concerned with emerging issues in archaeology, such as the relationship between documentary, artefact and landscape evidence, the ways of reading the cultural landscape, the regional dimension to worldwide change, and the ways in which we approach the past through its material remains, will find this pioneering study of interest.

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