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BBC Wales History BBC Wales History | 11:21 UK time, Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Swansea's copperworks are set to play a role in Swansea's Council's redevelopment strategy, helped in part by Channel 4's Time Team programme.

The history programme, fronted by actor Tony Robinson, features a team of specialists carrying out an archaeological dig in an area of historical interest. The team spent three days at the site of Hafod Copperworks carrying out a series of investigations with the assistance of Swansea Council, CADW and other partners.

Findings from the initial excavations are set to feed in to the regeneration strategy for the area.

Swansea was the world centre of copper smelting during the industrial revolution. Speaking about Swansea dig, Tony Robinson said: "This is the lost story that has status across the whole world.

"We made some pretty exciting discoveries and what we have done should lay the foundations for future work to tell what's largely an unknown story."

Read more about the exciting development to revamp Swansea's historic copperworks on Wales Online.

This series of Time Team can be seen on Channel 4 from January to April next year.

Watch a clip from the first series of the BBC's Hidden Histories when a team from the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales investigated Swansea's Upper Bank copper smelting works, established in 1755.

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