The landscape of Abergwesyn has not remained static over the centuries. Influenced and carved by changing weather patterns and a milder climate, Abergwesyn is anything but a static landscape. It's amazing to think that once this wilderness was home to farms, churches and ritual sites.
Roughly spanning from 2,200BC-700BC the Bronze-age has left archaeolgists plenty of fascinating ruins. We've got around 14 cairns at Abergwesyn, the most impressive being on the summit of Drygarn Fawr. They're well worth a visit and make for a great photo.
People have lived and worked in upland landscapes for at least 9,000 years. Unlike lowland sites, many upland places have never been ploughed or disturbed by recent activity. So, that's one of the reasons we have such a wealth of archaeolgical remains at Abergwesyn today.
In the early Medieval period there is evidence of more permanent settlement in the uplands. The climate became milder in the twelfth and thirteenth-centuries making the uplands a more hospitable place to settle. Abergwesyn has around 95 Medieval sites including ruined long huts and the remains of enclosure banks.
Abergwesyn has around 459 sites that have been classed as post-Medieval in date. There are shelters, quarries, routeways and clearance cairns. It's largely thanks to its isolated position that Abergwesyn has held on to its physical reminders of its long and varied role in human and natural history.