Archaeologia Cambrensis

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Archaeologia Cambrensis  
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Archaeologia Cambrensis is a Welsh archaeological and historical scholarly journal that is published annually by the Cambrian Archaeological Association. It contains excavation reports, book reviews, and historical essays, as well as society notes and accounts of field visits. The journal has included "much valuable material on the manuscripts, genealogy, heraldry, toponymy, folklore and literature of Wales".[1][2]

The publication history of the journal is complicated, with inconsistent volume numbering and multiple series. An index of the journal was compiled by Lily Chitty and published in 1964, in order to make the earlier volumes more accessible.[3] The journal as a whole is in the process of being digitized by the Welsh Journals Online project at the National Library of Wales.


The journal covers all aspects of the archaeology of Wales and the Welsh Marches from the earliest prehistoric discoveries to the industrial archaeology and landscape history of the 19th and 20th centuries. On occasions, and particularly in the earlier years articles have been published on the archaeology of other Celtic lands (Brittany, Cornwall, the Isle of Man, Scotland and Ireland). In the 19th century articles tended to concentrate on prehistoric monuments (particularly cromlechs, chambered tombs and hill-forts; Roman sites; inscribed stones and other discoveries of the Dark Ages; and the architecture of medieval Wales, especially of churches, castles and monasteries.

Increasingly the journal has carried longer articles on excavations and field surveys in Wales, and more recently many of these articles have been grant aided by Cadw. As the 20th century progressed, and more recently in the 21st century, the journal has carried more synoptic articles treating a particular topic in greater depth. An example of this was in 2005, when a themed issue was largely devoted to the Cistercians.[4] Domestic architecture now figures prominently, ranging from stately homes to the vernacular architecture of the Welsh countryside, and the landscape of parks and gardens. The evolution of towns and the development of urban archaeology in Wales are also covered.



  1. ^ Oxford Companion to the Literature of Wales, (1986), p. 68.
  2. ^ Sir John Edward Lloyd “Introduction” (A History of the Cambrian Archaeological Association) in “A Hundred Years of Welsh Archaeology” Archaeologia Cambrensis Centenary Volume, Gloucester 1946
  3. ^ Chitty, Lily F. (1964). Index to Archaeologia Cambrensis, 1846-1900. Cardiff: Cambrian Archaeological Association.
  4. ^ Archaeologia Cambrensis, 2007, 17–214

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