The Elan Valley was populated and undergoing clearance during the later Neolithic and early Bronze Age periods,
from perhaps around 3000 BC, during this period humans made tools and implements out of copper alloy or Bronze. The characteristic burial and ritual monuments
of the prehistoric period are the stone burial cairns, standing stones, stone alignments and stone circles which crown many of the peaks and ridges of the Elan
and Clearwen Valleys.
Evidence suggests that the climate for most of the Bronze Age was warmer than it is today, with steady population increase, with land that appears remote and marginal today being used by Bronze Age people.
There are a significant number of Bronze Age sites around the Elan Valley, including Standing Stones, Stone Circles, Stone Rows and a variety of Cairns.
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