Saturday, 22 February 2014

5,000-year-old forest unearthed by storms: Beach washed away to reveal ancient oaks and pines

The ancient forest was covered in peat before eventually being swallowed by the sea
Legends say trees and nearby township were flooded after a priestess neglected a magical well
Conditions inside the peat, devoid of oxygen and slightly alkaline, have meant the stumps survived
They were uncovered by the latest set of storms which washed away the peat layer

PUBLISHED: 22:57, 20 February 2014 | UPDATED: 22:57, 20 February 2014

Rising from the beach in a surreal seascape, the remains of these ancient trees have been revealed by the storms.

Thought to date back to the Bronze Age, the shin-high stumps became visible for the first time when the peat which once covered them was washed away in torrential rain and waves pounding the shore.

Now they stud the beach near the village of Borth, Ceredigion, Mid Wales – an area already rich in archaeology, opposite the alleged site of Wales’s own take on the lost city of Atlantis.

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