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^rcfmeoloflia Camfcrensts, No. IX.—JANUARY, 1848. ON THE EXISTING CONDITION OF WELSH ANTIQUARIAN REMAINS; AND ON CERTAIN DESIDERATA CONNECTED WITH THEM. (Read at Aberystwyth.) There are few parts of these islands richer in peculiar classes of antiquarian remains than the principality of Wales: and few where they have been less examined, or less cared about. Whether it be that the picturesque beauties of the country, or its great interest in a mineralogical, geological, and botani¬ cal point of view, or else its attractions to the sportsman, have drawn off attention from antiquities to those subjects exclu¬ sively, it is certain that few parts of Wales have been syste¬ matically examined by the archaeologist, and that many are still unexplored even by the antiquarian amateur. To call atten¬ tion to a subject of this kind, seems to me to fall especially within the province of this Association; and with this view I venture to submit to you the following brief remarks. Before, however, proceeding to point out those classes of antiquities in which the principality abounds, I wish to eli¬ minate from our notice, or rather to put aside for the time being, as of less importance, those in which it is compara¬ tively poor. The first class thus to be removed is that of Ecclesiastical Edifices, considered in an architectural point of view. Taken as a vast district, Wales is exceedingly poor, as to any edifice of architectural note that it can offer to our consideration. I by no means intend to deny that the study of the ecclesias-