Cantre’r Gwaelod – The Mythical Sunken Kingdom of Wales

Cantre'r Gwaelod – The Mythical Sunken Kingdom of Wales

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Featured image: Cantre’r Gwaelod, or The Lowland Hundred: The stumps are the remains of an ancient submerged forest that extends along the coast. Is this a long-lost sunken kingdom? Wikimedia Commons


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Interesting article. I'm glad that the author did not claim that the legend was based on Plato's fictitious "perfect city".

It could very well have been based on locals observing the fossilized tree stumps appearing at low tide and them weaving a morality tale around them.

Another very interesting archaeological site that will go unexamined because of lack of funding.  Our society has priorities completely backwards, with most money going to war and hardly any going to discoverying new knowledge.


I would tend to suspect these ruins would date back to between 2000 and 3000 BCE, a period in which massive changes happened to the earth, perhaps all at once in a catastrophe.

During those years, the Sahara went from a fertile land full of lakes and rivers, to today’s desert.  Same with the great deserts in northern China.  At some point the shoreline in North America rose a lot, about 15 feet or so, and something flooded the entire southeast portion of the continent, leaving vast swamps and marshes.

We can see massive changes all over the globe, which under current theory most happened millions of years ago.  Antacrtica once had a tropical climate, as did far northern places like the island of Spitzbergen.

But science gets no funding, unless it can turn a profit for the rich.  So we get Big Pharma and lots of pills, but pennies for NASA and every other science field.


Tom Carberry

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