Prehistory among the deckchairs – Trearddur Bay, Anglesey

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Ancient trees in the sands at Treardurr Bay

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.’

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About richlakin

I'm married with two young boys and living in Staffordshire. If I'm not working you can find me day dreaming or holding high-brow literature in front of my face. Or eating Arctic Roll.
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4 Responses to Prehistory among the deckchairs – Trearddur Bay, Anglesey

  1. Sam P says:

    I’ve come across these ancient trees – they’re on main bay in Trearddur Bay on the side by the Lifeboat House and Waterfront Pub. They’re extraordinary, I genuinely couldn’t believe it when someone said they are thousands of years old!

    • richlakin says:

      Thanks for stopping to comment. Also, my Nan grew up in nearby Valley and said the dunes (close to the car park and what was the Sea Shanty in Trearddur Bay) are full of bones…! She used to play there….

  2. my missus thought i was talking rubbish when i said that these are old tree remains. thank you for proving me right.

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