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The storm exposed an additional 4,500 years old forest

Wales: The sweeping storm revealed more ancient stumps, most likely belonging to a Bronze Age forest buried in the sand.

A new tree stump appeared in Llanrhystud after the storm. Photo: BBC.

The 4,500-year-old forest buried in the sand in Wales may be larger than scientists thought, the BBC reported on September 10. The forest had appeared a number of times in the village of Borth, Ceredigion, due to a storm. However, Hurricane Francis swept late last month to reveal new stumps 21 kilometers south, in the village of Llanrhystud.

Researchers are conducting analysis of plant samples at Llanrhystud to determine the date. Dr. Hywel Griffiths of Aberystwyth University says the new finding is both interesting and disturbing. He is part of a collaborative research project comprising Welsh and Irish experts. The project aims to monitor changes in the coastal environment.

“It is interesting that there is more evidence of climate change – a process that has been going on for a very long time. But this is also worrying because we see landscape changes happening more often with impact.” of storms, “shared Griffiths.

The 4,500-year-old forest is associated with a myth from the 17th century about the lost kingdom Cantre’r Gwaelod, or Sunken Hundred. The kingdom was drowned in the sea when Seithenyn, the protector of the sea, forgot to close the gate. In one version of the myth, the forest spans 32 kilometers west of Cardigan Bay.

“The new discovery complements what we already know about the large number of ancient trees along the Welsh coast. It’s interesting because we found more unrecorded trees,” said historian Gerald Morgan. .

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