Stone implements dating from 9000 to 2400bc

A series of Ice Ages meant that Wales was devoid of inhabitants during most of the subsequent millennia.The most significant evidence of the presence in Wales of Palaeolithic or Old Stone Age people is the burial discovered in Paviland Cave in Gower.It represents the earliest example in Britain of a ritual burial.Continuous settlement of Wales by human beings began with the end of the latest Ice Age in about 9,000 BC.Some of the largest of them contained streets of houses, proof that in the later prehistoric centuries the economy of some parts of Wales was capable of sustaining communities that bordered upon being urban.

The skeleton is now known to be that of a young man and to date from about 24,000 BC.Sometime after 2000 CC, a circle of about eighty blue stones, each of them weighing about four tons, were erected at Stonehenge.They are believed to have been quarried from the rock of the Preseli Mountains.Iron ore is the most common of the earth's ores and, once the process of smelting the ore was discovered, an almost inexhaustible source for the making of tools, weapons and equipment was available.The most characteristic construction of the Iron Age was the hill fort, of which Wales has over six hundred.

Stone implements dating from 9000 to 2400bc