The Carmarthenshire Antiquarian Society was founded in 1905 and is one of the foremost County antiquarian societies in Wales. From its inception the founding members saw a need to record, publish and collect all things relating to the history, antiquities and natural history of 'Carmarthenshire in particular, and West Wales in general'. This philosophy has been maintained throughout its history. It has pursued part of its aim through scholarly publication through the Transactions (to 1939) and the Carmarthenshire Antiquary (1941 to present). It started as  a 'field club' and remains so to this day with its active programme of Field Days, supplemented by a winter programme of lectures.


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Saturday, 25 June, 10.30am – 4.00pm
Field Day: 'Cwm' for an away day in Llangynog – Dogs, Monks and Gentry.
Leader: Byron Hughes
10.15 Llangynog village for Twlc y Filiast (SN339163), 11.00 Llangynog Church (SN338149), 13.00 Cwm Cwrt (Coomb) (SN337143).
Contact: Byron Hughes 07747 061849

Friday, 22 July, 6.15pm
Chairman's Evening: Jack DuBuisson – WWI Salonica
Leader: Dylan Rees
Glynhir, Llandybie, SA18 2TD (SN639151)
Contact: Dylan Rees 01792 296131

Saturday, 20 August, 10.30am
Field Day: St Clears circular walk.
Leader: Heather James
St Clears Boat Club, Lower St Clears (SN281152)
Contact: Heather James 01267 23179







Dominic Conway who was a member of our council and former Chairman has sadly passed away.
Click here to read a tribute to him from his colleagues at Friends of Court Farm.



Following the sad loss of our longstanding Editor, Miss Muriel Bowen Evans in December 2015, the Council of the Society held an Emergency Meeting to consider the way forward. It was agreed by all, including the Acting Editor, Mrs Heather James, that we should advertise the post as widely as possible.

The Acting Editor is overseeing the production of Vol 51 (2015) and taking in material for Vol 52 (2016) with the assistance of a small Editorial Board. The Carmarthenshire Antiquary is produced annually and circulated to the membership both individual and corporate.

Applications are invited, giving an indication of relevant qualifications, experience and vision for the future to be sent to the Hon. Sec. Mrs Menna Owen-Strong, Min-yr-Afon, Llangain, Carmarthen SA33 5AH or by email to

Applications should be received by the end of July 2016 and Council and the Editorial Board will invite applicants to make an informal presentation at a meeting in late summer 2016. The future editor will have the help and support of the small editorial board.


Welsh Soldiers in the Later Middle Ages, 1282-1422 (Adam Chapman) 9781783270316 - Boydell and Brewer

Click here for more information - http://www.boydellandbrewer. com/store/viewItem.asp? idProduct=14795

Any member of the Society interested in receiving a pre-publication discount of 35% (plus p+p) on Welsh Soldiers in the later Middle Ages, please contact the Secretary; Menna Owen-Strong on or 01267 241 922


Diploma in Irish Archaeology

The diploma is fully online, to facilitate the participation of folks in different countries and time zones, and is offered by experts on Irish archaeology. We currently have participants from Ireland, the United Kingdom, Spain, Germany, Canada, the United States, and Australia -  and would love to continue this diversity.

Information can be found at by clicking here and online applications can be found here.

The online brochure in PDF format can be downloaded here.


New book available from the Carmarthenshire Antiquarian Society - Price £2


Letter from James Burton of ICE regarding 'The castles of East Midlands and East Anglia' Weekend Course



The Antiquarian Year under Review 2013
By Jeremy John


See some pictures of the Society's 2014 AGM