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Thursday, 19 August 2010

Mynydd Du and Fforest Fawr - The Evolution of an Upland Landscape in South Wales

Mynydd Du and Fforest Fawr
The Evolution of an Upland Landscape in South Wales
Cover: Llyn y Fan Fach and Mynydd Du
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Mynydd Du and Fforest Fawr - The Evolution of an Upland Landscape in South Wales
By David K. Leighton
Published 1997 - Out of print

Review of Contents

Wales is essentially an upland country where mountains and moorlands are the dominant components of the rural scene. The form and character of these landscapes are the consequence of a long history of change Their distinctiveness is the result of complex interaction between the natural environment and human intervention. Based on the results of an archaeological field survey, this book attempts to unravel the many strands in the evolution of one particular upland area of South Wales, Mynydd Du and Fforest Fawr, part of the Brecon Beacons National Park.
     The history of human activity in this area can be traced back to the earlist stages of climatic warming after the end of the last Ice Age when Mesolithic hunters followed migrating herds onto less densely wooded high ground. Seasonal visiting was continued by early farmers until, from the beginning of the Bronze age, more intensive patterns of land use emerged. After the end of the Roman military presence evidence for mainly seasonal occupation once again becomes widespread, during the Medieval and Post-Medieval periods. This was followed by the intensive exploitation of the area's mineral wealth during the Industrial Revolution and after, giving rise to some of the most dramatic features of the present-day landscape.

  • Preface and acknowledgements
  • Editorial notes
  • Introduction
  • The upland environment
  •     Geology and surface morphology
  •     Glacial action
  •     Soils, vegetation and land use
  •     Climatic and vegetational history
  • Recent Cultural activity
  •     Land boundaries in current and recent use
  •     Industrial activity
  •     Rabbit farming
  •     Sheep farming
  •     Communications
  •     Miscellaneous activities
  • Pre-Industrial Archaeological remains
  •     Monument definition
  •     Recognition of remains
  • Prehistory archaeology
  •     Mesolithic and Neolithic activity
  •     Bronze Age burial and ritual monuments
  •     Settlement and agriculture
  •     Settlement during the Romano-British period
  • Medieval settlement
  •     Pre-Norman activity
  •     Rectangular stone foundations and platforms
  •     The changing landscape
  • Bibliography
  • Index of Places

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