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The history of Wales - on your mobile phone

By EvansTheCrime  |  Posted: November 10, 2013

By Jason Evans / jason.evans@swwmedia.co.uk / @EvansTheCrime

Industrial heritage: Former copperworks in Hafod, Swansea

Industrial heritage: Former copperworks in Hafod, Swansea

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DETAILS of all Wales’ archaeological treasures are now at your fingertips, thanks to a nifty piece of technology.

In what is claimed to be a world first, information about thousands of sites across the country have been made available on a smart phone app.

Called Archwilio, the app brings together records held by Wales’ four archeological trusts — and also allows users to submit their own photographs and finds.

All the sites — from buried iron age forts to Roman remains or industrial sites — are displayed on maps, and users just click the one they want to bring up photographs, records and details.

Louise Austin, head of heritage management at Dyfed Archaeological Trust, said, “The launch of this free app is a world first for Wales and enables archaeological records for the whole of the country to be available on one app.

“However, the archaeology of Wales is a truly moveable feast and that is the beauty of the new Archwilio app.

“The technology enables us to update records as soon as new evidence for existing archaeological features is found or as new sites are uncovered in Wales.

“We look forward to interacting with users of the app and being able to update and add new records as a result of their discoveries.

“We want to make archaeology as easily accessible as possible for all. Downloading the app will enable users to access millennia of archaeological information specific to Wales, providing a fun resource to improve education and understanding of the importance and sheer variety of Wales’ archaeology.”

She added: “The app will also enable locals and visitors alike to go out and explore the unique heritage and archaeological sites across Wales.”

The app brings together thousands of records held by Clwyd-Powys Archaeological Trust, the Dyfed Archaeological Trust, the Glamorgan-Gwent Archaeological Trust and the Gwynedd Archaeological Trust, and was developed by computer experts at the University of South Wales.

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