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Storm Hannah unearths 'sunken' forest from more than 4,500 years ago

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a flock of birds sitting on top of a body of water: BORTH, WALES - MAY 24: A general view of petrified ancient trees on May 24, 2019 in Borth, Wales. A prehistoric forest which was buried under water and sand more than 4,500 years ago has been uncovered on the beach between Ynys-las and Borth in mid-Wales. The forest has become associated with the myth of a sunken civilization, known as Cantrer Gwaelod, or or the Sunken Hundred, and devotees believe the area was a once-fertile land and township stretching for 20 miles. The remains of the forest's trees, preserved in the local peat, have been exposed by low tides and high winds from the recent Storm Hannah. (Photo by Matthew Horwood/Getty Images) © Getty Images BORTH, WALES - MAY 24: A general view of petrified ancient trees on May 24, 2019 in Borth, Wales. A prehistoric forest which was buried under water and sand more than 4,500 years ago has been uncovered on the beach between Ynys-las and Borth in mid-Wales. The forest has become associated with the myth of a sunken civilization, known as Cantrer Gwaelod, or or the Sunken Hundred, and devotees believe the area was a once-fertile land and township stretching for 20 miles. The remains of the forest's trees, preserved in the local peat, have been exposed by low tides and high winds from the recent Storm Hannah. (Photo by Matthew Horwood/Getty Images)

Storm Hannah is believed to have uncovered a 'drowned' forest from more than 4,500 years ago.

The forest of Borth used to stretch for two to three miles along the shore between Ynys-las and Borth in Wales, before it was buried under layers of peat, sand and saltwater.

Now, after low tides and a storm, the prehistoric forest of hundreds of trees has been revealed on the beach.

a bird swimming in water: The forest of Borth used to stretch for two to three miles © Getty Images The forest of Borth used to stretch for two to three miles Massive thick trunks, sprawling roots and much more of the trees can be seen for the first time in thousands of years.

Locals think it's the most of the forest ever to have been uncovered and speculate Storm Hannah dug out the roots, now revealed by a lower than usual tide.

a body of water: Massive thick trunks can be seen for the first time in thousands of years © Getty Images Massive thick trunks can be seen for the first time in thousands of years

Amateur photographer Wayne Lewis, 38, from Welshpool was walking on the beach when he spotted the uncovered beach.

He said: "The trees really are stunning. 

"It's breathtaking that these trees were part of a Bronze Age forest that extended almost to Ireland, but have not been seen for thousands of years. 

"It first emerged in 2014, but was then partially recovered, and usually you are only able to see the tips of the tree stumps. 

a flock of birds sitting on top of a sandy beach: The prehistoric forest of hundreds of trees has been revealed © Getty Images The prehistoric forest of hundreds of trees has been revealed "It seems it has been uncovered again recently.

"I don't know for sure, but it is probably due to a combination of 'Storm Hannah' with the 80mph winds last month, and the tides have been very low, making more of the forest visible."

Archaeologists knew the Bronze Age forest existed on the beach because small stumps were sometimes visible along parts of it at low tide.

In 2014, shin-high stumps were visible for the first time, but locals said they were soon mostly recovered by sand.

animal on the water: The forest has become associated with the myth of a sunken civilization © Getty Images The forest has become associated with the myth of a sunken civilization Experts have found the submerged forest contains pine, alder, oak and birch.

The skeletal trees have led to the local legend of a lost kingdom - called Cantre'r Gwaelod - which folklore says drowned beneath the waves.

It is understood the trees stopped growing between 4,500 and 6,000 years ago, as the water level rose and a thick blanket of peat formed.

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