Richard Bowen is made from DNA. From the dawn of time it came, moving silently down
through the centuries, living many secret lives, struggling to reach the time of
its gathering at the end of a ballpoint pen to write this book. My mothers are descended
from women who recolonised this island after the end of the last Ice Age – the so
called Pioneers who moved into the vast empty landscape around 10,000BC. My fathers
are in possession of the quintessential Celtic marker gene R1b-S145 and are descendants
of the Beaker Folk who arrived more recently on this island, around 2,500BC. They
farmed, worked metal, mined, drank beer, had tattoos and appear to have attacked
and largely destroyed communities of earlier farmers. They also brought with them
a language that was to become modern Welsh.
Richard Bowen was raised at Plas Farm, works as an exploration geophysicist and sometimes
gives creative writing some welly. Amazing facts and amusing anecdotes are weaved
together in this off-beat travel book that will delight visitors to the
Swansea, Neath and Port Talbot area as well those seeking to enrich their knowledge
of the history and heritage of this little corner of the world.