Llandudno prehistoric view, from Little Orme

button-theme-prehistoric-more Link to Welsh translationLink to French translationThe image below shows you how the view west from the Little Orme probably looked c.15,000 to 8,000 years ago. That was during the late Stone Age, or Upper Paleolithic era. If you’ve just scanned the QR codes by the Wales Coast Path, walk along the minor footpath from the gate towards the sea to get a wider view of the bay.

Prehistoric view over Llandudno
Prehistoric view © Take27 Ltd

At that time, the sea level was decreased because glaciers held so much water. The Great Orme was surrounded by a wide coastal plain which stretched across to Anglesey in the distance. It was an ideal place to live for humans who had recently begun to inhabit Wales. 

Current view of Great Orme Llandudno
The view today © Mick Sharp

In the 1870s a retired copper miner called Thomas Kendrick discovered, inside a cave on the Great Orme, a horse’s jaw which had been decorated by humans 13,000 years ago. Other evidence from the cave tells us that that the inhabitants ate deer, bison, horse and seal. The jaw is normally displayed at the British Museum in London.

Remains of prehistoric people and animals have also been found on the Little Orme.

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