Footprints - A Journey Through Our Past
Footprints is a journey into the past. We hope it is just the start of a longer, and maybe meandering, journey for you as you set out to discover the history that happened here.
The earliest evidence for ‘human’ settlement in north east Wales dates to about 230,000 years ago. Archaeologists have found evidence of the people from that period at Pontnewydd cave, near St Asaph. The finds include Neanderthal teeth and crude stone tools.
Following the end of the last Ice Age, c. 8000BC, Mesolithic peoples moved through this area using the rivers. They were hunter-gatherers; living as nomads in a wooded landscape. There is evidence they were here. Small flint tools, known as microliths, have been found near Borras, Wrexham.
During the Neolithic period (c.4300 – 2300BC) people started to settle in farming communities. They built the first communal structures known as long barrows. They started to clear the woodland using stone axes and examples of these have been found at Darland, Borras and Johnstown.
Wrexham Heritage Service would like to acknowledge the following for their assistance:
- Denbighshire Record Office
- Flintshire Record Office
- Wrexham Archives
- National Museum Wales
- National Library of Wales
- Royal Commission on the Ancient & Historical Monuments of Wales
- Alister Williams
- Bark Design