Discover over 6500 years of active history at the Avalon Marshes, an ancient wetland landscape lying at the heart of the Somerset’s Levels and Moors, it is nationally important for its hidden cultural heritage as well as its rich diversity of wildlife. Home to ancient track-ways, stunning wildflower meadows and thousands of wintering wildfowl, this landscape has many ancient and modern stories to tell and reveal.
Inhabited since the end of the last ice age, the Avalon Marshes has slowly been reclaimed by man from the sea. Ancient trackways crossed the Marshes in the Stone Age; Iron Age dwellers built lake villages; Romans extracted salt from the estuary; the medieval period brought farmsteads; and the industrial revolution saw the construction of railways, grand buildings and the familiar landscape of rhynes and droves. The evidence of history is all around you.
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