In early August this year the Borth antlers (dated to the Bronze Age) returned to Borth following a request from Borth Railway Museum to follow up on a successful exhibition in 2017.
Speaking at the time of the discovery of the antlers, Dr. Martin Bates of the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, said: “I had thought that it would be in excess of 4,000, or even 6,000, years old but this is considerably younger than any of us anticipated.
“What this date tells us is that dry land persisted in this place at least until the Bronze Age, which means that the flooding here was therefore more recent than previously thought. The antlers have therefore totally changed our understanding of what happened to this landscape in the past”.
The exhibition focuses on the submerged forest that is so well exposed between Borth and Ynyslas that dates to the late Mesolithic and the Neolithic periods (4-6 thousand years ago) but contains channels that cut through the forest that date to much later periods.
The exhibition contains information on the forest, the associated archaeology of the Mesolithic and Neolithic periods as well as finds from the area. The exhibition is open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 12pm to 4pm, throughout August and through to the start of September – the exhibition ends on 3 September.
Leaflets were produced in both English and Welsh for distribution during the exhibition about the forest and the human presence. Dr. Martin Bates led a walk through the forest at low tide on Thursday 11th August and Sunday 28th August. Many attended in great numbers who had an interest in Mesolithic archaeology or an interest in local archaeology.