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Llwydfaen Conwy Conwy_County Wales
The Lost Roman Temple of Llwydfaen is situated in a field belonging to Llwydfaen Farm in the Conwy Valley, North Wales. | Originally believed to be the Lost “Norman Church” of Llwydfaen, archaeologists now believe the remains may be of a Roman mithraeum - a temple used by Roman soldiers. | A group of archaeologists were digging at the site looking for what they believed was a lost Norman church. However, initial excavations point to a much older building - a Roman temple. | The dig was being filmed for a Welsh-language television series and the producer Morgan Hopkins said: "I was quite certain that we would discover a Norman church in Llwydfaen but it became obvious as we were digging and from the discoveries that this was a Roman building.” | "There had been questions before the dig began because a church would be orientated east west where as this building was north south and as soon as we started to dig all we found were Roman artefacts," said Dr Iestyn Jones, presenter and archaeologist on the programme.| Six silver Roman coins, countless pieces of slate and Roman nails as well as pieces of Roman pottery have been found and this leads the archaeologists to believe that there was a temple here, probably built in the fourth century. | The finds were recovered from two trenches and are thought to date back to the 2nd and 4th Centuries, said Dr Jones. | He said more work was needed to determine if the site was a mithraeum - a temple used by Roman soldiers. | The S4C series is due to be broadcast in 2014.
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