So as far as the history of Wales is known, it seems to be a continuous history of man. It’s a beginning without an ending; and for all practical purposes; Wales is a place where much is still virtually unknown. But its geology proves, it has emerged in a time that succeeded the Age of Bronze, when newly discovered alloy of copper and tin, made it to the surface; and precious metals were much needed for tools and weapons so human life could survive to this very day.
Some of the volcanic bluestones in the inner ring of Stonehenge officially match an outcrop in Wales that’s 160 miles (257 kilometers) from the world-famous site, geologists announced this week. (See Wales pictures.)
The discovery leaves two big ideas standing about how the massive pieces of the monument arrived at Salisbury Plain: entirely by human hand, or partly by glacier.
As it looks today, 5,000-year-old Stonehenge has an outer ring of 20- to 30-ton sandstone blocks and an inner ring and horseshoe of 3- to 5-ton volcanic bluestone blocks. (See Stonehenge pictures.)
And in turn, came the Age of Iron; lasting this day with no breaks separating these periods from each other; the arts introduced by neolithic man into the Britain’s, the management of domestic animals, the making of pottery, the grinding of stone implements; and where their importance meant survival and life; and in a time never to be been forgotten.
These ancients who were first borne here, left their genes here, without a doubt; The diversity is plentifully represented in the population of these islands. The beginning of each new period marks an advance in culture giving way to the arrival of a new race from a past that has not been obliterated ; its influence is still potent in the new era.
Wales is a country full of natural beauty. Much of its landscape is mountainous, from Snowdonia to the northwest, home to the rare and iconic relic of the ice-age the Snowdon lily, to the Brecon Beacons in the south. Bordered by the Atlantic Ocean and Irish Sea to the west, there are 1200km of rugged coastline and over 50 islands with significant colonies of seabirds such as gannets, puffins, kittiwakes, shags and razorbills. http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/places/Wales
The contour of the British Isles presents itself the same in appearance today as it did in the neolithic period. With valleys and plains forming and encircling the seas, whose billows sweep through the Straits of Dover and St. George’s Channel. Where parts of the Welsh coast-lines are notably tracts of mud on some of the beaches regularly washed by tides that have remained virtually unchanged since neolithic time, next to a luxuriant forest growth, giving no hint of the neighboring of the sea.
Cambria Journal. vi. 100 (I tin. i. 13) ; v. 284 (Exp. Hib. i. 36).
Quarterly Journal of the Geological Society, Aug. 1896, pp. 474-89.
Stonehenge source: bluestone outcrops at Craig Rhos-y-Felin in Wales.
PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY NATIONAL MUSEUM OF WALES
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PUBLISHED DECEMBER 22, 2011
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