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by Beth McCormack, Logaston Press.
By 7,000 years ago, people were flourishing in the mountains and valleys of Montgomeryshire. They were excellent providers and craftspeople, always at the forefront of Welsh culture. Their innovative and elegant metalwork was prized throughout Europe. They led Wales in hillfort construction and long distance trade, always with a rich spiritual life. From 4,000 BC, enormous ritual complexes, the first of their kind in Wales, were constructed of timber posts. Within their circular confines, mysterious ceremonies took place involving labyrinthine pathways, celestial alignments and even a human sacrifice. This began a long tradition of ceremonial architecture. They left thousands of stone circles, rows, henges, cairns and standing stones, most on ridges and hilltops commanding spectacular views of the surrounding countryside. These ritual landscapes hold important clues to the beliefs and culture of the prehistoric inhabitants of Montgomeryshire.
Broader Welsh, British and global prehistory are provided as a setting from which to gain perspective into the changes taking place in Montgomeryshire throughout the ages.
Detailed directions to important sites enable the reader to experience firsthand the ritual landscape of Montgomeryshire's splendid past.
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