Creigiau - Pentyrch - Capel Llanilltern - Gwaelod y Garth


Hanes Pentyrch History

Cave Dwellers


Many ceramic pieces and metalwork have been discovered in caves on the Lower Garth. They create a picture of people using tools and implements of all shapes to assist in the work of hunting and defending themselves. Amongst the finds are flint tools from the Neolithic Age, pottery from the Bronze Age, and metalwork from the same period and from the early Roman period.

This bronze age implement is often described as a palstave axe. The palstave is in fact a tool-head to which a long shaft or haft is fitted and rather than the chopping action required of an axe, the tool was used to chisel or gouge wood, doubling as a digging tool. This wooden 'handle' would  be forked and kept in place with high cast flanges and a stop bar.