Peeking through the wet sand at Trearddur Bay on Anglesey are trees believed to be thousands of years old. These trees predate the last Ice Age. When the sand and seaweed is sluiced free by the retreating tide a series of soft, sodden stumps are left behind (see left).
They are thought to date from the Mesolithic or ‘Middle-Stone Age’, between 10,000 and 6,000 years ago, or early Neolithic (New Stone Age). Much of what is now the Irish Sea was dry land, but when the vast ice sheet melted, probably over hundreds of years, the sea level rose, and all along the Welsh coast there must have been scores of drowned forests.
The last members of these ancient tribes have also been discovered by scientists. They have been observed in their natural environment cowering behind multi-coloured windbreaks with flasks of orange tea and packets of pink wafers. Their behavioural patterns are believed to be influenced by Daily Mail editorials and they have at least 300 hundred different words for ‘rain.’