Experts look for ‘Watery Kingdom’

Posted by Chris Parker
May 26 2006


The forest can been seen at low tide in Cardigan Bay

Scientists are to carry out an underwater search for a supposed kingdom in Cardigan Bay said to have existed more than 5,000 years ago.

Legend has it that the low-lying land of Cantre’r Gwaelod disappeared under the waves during a storm or a tsunami.

Experts say the remains of an ancient forest seen sometimes at low tide is evidence that Cantre’r Gwaelod existed. Conservation group Friends of Cardigan Bay will begin the three-year project in Ceredigion this summer.

The oldest part of the submerged forest is thought to date back to 3500 BC, although other sections, at Borth, near Aberystwyth, are believed to date back to 1500 BC. It can be seen from near Aberystwyth to Aberdyfi and Tywyn up the coast in Gwynedd.

The lost civilisation of Cantre’r Gwaelod – or Lowland Hundred in English – was protected from the sea by a series of dykes and sluice gates. One stormy night, legend has it that the appointed watchman Seithennin, a heavy drinker, was at a party and left the water gates open, the land flooded and disappeared under crashing waves.

Phil Hughes, chairman of the Friends of Cardigan Bay, said: “There is a lot of evidence to suggest that Cantre’r Gwaelod existed and I believe there was land out there. “It will be the first time that it would have been seriously researched from an ecological point of view. “The make-up of the area would have provided a natural barrier against raiders and shelter from the weather.”

Mr Hughes said the most obvious sign that Cantre’r Gwaelod existed were the trees stumps that poked out of the water at low tide. He added: “The primary aim of the project is to study the ecology of the sea bed in the area.

“We expect the project will last two to three years because the area measures some seven nautical miles.”

BBC NEWS May 25, 2006

One Response

  1. David Lee says:
    click on the link I lved near aberdovey in machynlethe and the meeting piont of three districks meets at a place called cifford dovey now the dovey is a river and once i heard of a tidal effect that came right up the dovey estury a about a foot high sweeping down the river towards machynleth indeed i ahve seen and was living there ath the time when due to high rainfall and a spring tide effect the whole of the dovey vally upto and including machynlleth was flooded so it was no surprise to me that the origenal lie of the land was flood over due to higher and higher tides due to melting ice and spring tide effects which I witnessed myself in that area also theree are many other storys of kindoms perishing near cornwall further south possibly due to the same mix of melting ice and higher tides also the med brokethrough at some point after noah and flooded people living on the lowere portioins of the med basin also so many stories even one i vaguely remember of a cave that divers found as they had to go into a lake to get to it with evidense of lighted fires in that cave and stone tools etc somwhere in france there is much evidense of a much lowere shoreline if we only look.
    warm regards love the pages always look at them often

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