In August, the UK was hit by Hurricane Francis. The elements revealed parts of the flooded forest, which is mentioned in the ancient legend dedicated to the “Atlantis of Wales”.
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We are talking about the long-fossilized remains of a forest that could have been above water for 4.5 thousand years. The corresponding find was made in Llanrichstud. Scientists have suggested that the ancient Welsh trees were part of the Cantre'r Gvelod forest many years ago. The latter was the subject of the 17th century legend of the mythical Atlantis of Wales. She was also referred to as the Sunken Hundred. The find corrects earlier findings when parts of the forest were identified at Borta Beach, near Cardigan Bay. Experts assumed that the forest covered an area of more than 5 km between Bort beach and Inislas, but new data confirm that the plantings covered larger areas.
Now work is underway to establish the age of the trees. At the same time, it is already known that some of them stopped growing 4.5-6 thousand years ago. Researchers consider the find interesting and disturbing at the same time. Although it opens up unknown pages of history, it also clearly demonstrates how significantly the landscape has changed, according to Planet Today.
This same forest had a connection with the ancient myth of the supposedly sunken civilization of Kantre'r Gvelod. Legend suggests that the ancient state, called the “Atlantis of Wales”, covered fertile lands. For the purpose of protection from the sea, a dam with a sluice gates served, the opening and closing of which took place depending on the ebb and flow. Versions of further events diverge, but for an unknown reason until the end, civilization went to the bottom.