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Celtic fish-bones may reveal trade routes

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Old fish bones and dead insects could be the key to the story of Ireland’s transport system, 500 years before gridlock reports the Irish Herald.

The fish bones, insect carcasses and dead plant material are wedged in the timbers of a medieval boat recovered from the river Boyne, near Drogheda.

The boat has now been lifted from the river-bed and the Department of Environment is looking for experts who will be able to unravel the story from minute remains left in the vessel. Continue Reading »

Originally posted 2009-06-21 08:43:42. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Nov 05 2012

6000-Year-Old Trade Link Between Clare & Cumbria Identified

Tuesday, 20 May 2008 – Clare Museum and the Irish Stone Axe Project (ISAP) at University College Dublin have uncovered evidence of a 6000-year-old trade link between Ireland and Great Britain.

This Looped and Socketed Axehead was found near Miltown Malbay in the townland of Knockliscrane in the civil parish of Kilmurry-Ibrickane in the barony of Ibrickane. It was found during field drainage operations and was brought to the surface by a mechanical digger employed in this task. The axe was found on the surface of the spoil heap and had not been more than three feet below the surface.

It is 6.5cm X 5.2cm wide. The axehead is in poor condition with the remains of only one loop still visible. It dates from the Bronze Age (2,400BC-600BC) and possibly had a more ritual than functional use. This axe was claimed for the state by Clare Museum under the National Monuments Act (1994) and the National Cultural Institutions Act (1997). Continue Reading »

Originally posted 2008-06-01 09:17:15. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Oct 01 2012

Stonehenge builders had geometry skills to rival Pythagoras


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The Independent has just carried a fascinating article about the geometrical skills of the Stonehenge builders. David Keys, their Archaeology Correspondent writes:

Stone Age Britons had a sophisticated knowledge of geometry to rival Pythagoras – 2,000 years before the Greek “father of numbers” was born, according to a new study of Stonehenge.

Five years of detailed research, carried out by the Oxford University landscape archaeologist Anthony Johnson, claims that Stonehenge was designed and built using advanced geometry.

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Originally posted 2008-05-28 07:33:42. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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May 25 2012

Archaeologist Suggests Fake Wall At Newgrange

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A new critical analysis has revealed that the world famous Irish passage-tomb mound Newgrange did look quite different in prehistory than hitherto believed. Newgrange is probably a multi-period mound with 5-6 phases spanning from the Passage Tomb Period to the Early Bronze Age.

This theory clashes with the traditional view introduced by Professor Michael O’Kelly, who led the excavation and the controversial restoration with the addition of a white wall around themound over the years 1962-75.

O’Kelly believed that Newgrange was a single-period mound, and that the great quantities of mound fill, which covered the kerbstones and extended far beyond them, had slid out from the mound when a wall, which held the mound fill in place, did collapse.

The new analysis, carried out by the Danish archaeologist Palle Eriksen in a paper called ‘The Great Mound of Newgrange’, is based on studies of the sections documented by O’Kelly. The mound fill comprises fist to head-size stones between 3-4 thin layers of turfs. According to O’Kelly these layers of turfs were laid by the megalith builders. Continue Reading »

Originally posted 2009-02-16 10:35:28. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Oct 30 2011

The Secrets Of Knowth

Forty years ago, archaeologist George Eogan became the first person in centuries to see the underground passage tomb at Knowth in Meath (Ireland), part of Brú na Bóinne (Bend of the Boyne), now a Unesco World Heritage site.

A year earlier, in 1967, the Knowth excavation had uncovered a smaller underground passage leading in from the western face of the megalithic mound, but this larger east-side tomb surpassed it, recalls Eogan, a professor of archaeology at University College Dublin.

“The western tomb was stunning but the east one was huge,”

he says.

Pic: Spud Murphy

Knowth’s charms had lain undiscovered for hundreds of years before excavations started on the site 46 years ago, with Eogan present. The fourth volume in a series of books on the dig’s findings is published by the Royal Irish Academy later this month.

“We started at Knowth in 1962 and we have been there ever since,”

he says, detailing how the project has uncovered 18 satellite tombs around the great mound as well as unusual findings, such as a decorative flint macehead and a series of eight-century inscriptions within the passages and chambers.

But some of the findings pre-date all of that,

explains Eogan. Continue Reading »

Originally posted 2008-11-29 10:50:58. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Sep 03 2011

Welsh Rock Art Oldest in Britain


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BBC Wales tells us :An archaeologist believes a wall carving in a south Wales cave could be Britain’s oldest example of rock art.The faint scratchings of a speared reindeer are believed to have been carved by a hunter-gatherer in the Ice Age more than 14,000 years ago.The archaeologist who found the carving on the Gower peninsula, Dr George Nash, called it

“very, very exciting.”

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Dr Nash, a part-time academic for Bristol University, made the discovery while at the caves in September 2010.

He told BBC Wales:

“It was a strange moment of being in the right place at the right time with the right kit.

“For 20-odd years I have been taking students to this cave and talking about what was going on there.

“They went back to their cars and the bus and I decided to have a little snoop around in the cave as I’ve never had the chance to do it before.

“Within a couple of minutes I was scrubbing at the back of a very strange and awkward recess and there a very faint image bounced in front of me – I couldn’t believe my eyes.”

He said that although the characteristics of the reindeer drawing match many found in northern Europe around 4,000-5,000 years later, the discovery of flint tools in the cave in the 1950s could hold the key to the carving’s true date.

This drawing was done with the right hand and the niche is very, very tight”

Dr George Nash

“In the 1950s, Cambridge University undertook an excavation there and found 300-400 pieces of flint and dated it to between 12,000-14,000 BC.

“This drawing was done with the right hand and the niche is very, very tight and the engraving has been done by somebody using a piece of flint who has drawn a classic reindeer design.

“My colleagues in England have been doing some work in Nottinghamshire at Creswell Crags and got very nice dates for a red deer and one or two other images of around 12,000-14,000 BC.

“I think this [newly found carving] may be roughly the same period or may be even earlier.”

Glacial geology

The limestone cliffs along the Gower coast are known for their archaeological importance.

The Red Lady of Paviland, actually the remains of a young male, is the earliest formal human burial to have been found in western Europe. It is thought to be roughly around 29,000 years old.

It was discovered at Goat’s Hole Cave at Paviland on Gower in 1823 by William Buckland, then a geology professor at Oxford University.

The Rock Art is now being officially dated and verified by experts at the National Museum of Wales and Cadw.

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Aug 20 2011

Iron Age Body Unearthed In Irish Bog


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Iron Age human remains have been discovered in a County Laois (Ireland) bog. The remains, understood to be those of a young woman, were found by an employee of Bord Na Móna – the company is responsible for the mechanised harvesting of peat – who was operating a milling machine in the Cul na Móna bog between Abbeyleix and Portlaoise.

This particular bog has been become somewhat of a hotspot of rare discoveries in recent years. Bog butter, leather shoes and axe heads dating back thousands of years have been found deep down in the bog.

Initial examinations of the prehistoric remains suggest the victim may have been a human sacrifice between 2,000 and 3,000 years ago. Archaeologists reckon the body is a victim of a ritual sacrifice after the remains were found in a leather bag. The National Museum of Ireland said the victim’s legs were well preserved but that the torso and head appeared to have been lost. The remains will be taken to the National Museum in Dublin for analysis and radio carbon dating.

There have been over 100 bog bodies found in Ireland, but many were not well preserved. According to Irish Peatland Conservation Council:

“For thousands of years the bogs, through their extraordinary preservative qualities have kept ancient remains intact that would have otherwise perished on dry land; such as the bodies of unwary travellers trapped in the bog, or prehistoric track ways; and sometimes even whole villages and farms.”

Bogs can be treacherous places and it is likely that some of the bodies found in the peat were those of travellers who slipped into bog pools and were trapped. Some ancient bodies found in the peat were supposedly found clutching heather or sticks as if attempting to haul themselves out. Other bodies found in bogs are deliberate burials.

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Jun 19 2011

Acoustic Study At Stonehenge

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Stonehenge was built as a dance arena for prehistoric “samba-style” raves, according to a study of the acoustics of the 5,000-year-old stone circle.

Using cutting-edge technology, Rupert Till, an expert in acoustics and music technology at Huddersfield University in northern England, discovered that Stonehenge’s megaliths reflect sound perfectly, making the stone circle an ideal setting for listening to repetitive trance rhythms.

Till and colleague Bruno Fazenda first carried out mathematical analysis of the archaeological site to make predictions of its acoustic effects. Their aim was to look at Stonehenge as it was thousands of years ago, rather than limit their work to the remaining acoustic properties of the semi-collapsed site.

“We visited a full-size concrete replica of Stonehenge at Maryhill in Washington state. The model was built as a war memorial and has all original stones intact, so it was possible to carry out some acoustic tests,

Till told Discovery News. Continue Reading »

Originally posted 2009-02-15 10:38:54. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Jun 19 2011

Pre-Roman, Iron Age town planning is now a fact

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Archaeologists from Berkshire say they have discovered evidence of an Iron Age town underneath the remains of a Roman settlement in north Hampshire reports the BBC. The University of Reading’s Archaeology Department has been excavating at the Silchester Roman site, Calleva Atrebatum, since 1997.

Now the team believe they have found evidence of one of Britain’s earliest Iron Age towns with a planned layout. A street-grid was found to have been in place before the Romans came in AD 43.

Archaeologists have also discovered evidence of widespread burning at the site.

They believe this, along with other finds, suggests the site could have been destroyed at the hands of queen Boudicca, who in AD 60/61 led a major uprising against the occupying Roman forces.

Professor Michael Fulford, director of the Silchester Town Life Project, said:

After 12 summers of excavation we have reached down to the 1st Century AD and are beginning to see the first signs of what we believe to be the Iron Age and earliest Roman town.

Prof Fulford added:

We now have evidence that the town was burnt down sometime after AD 50 and before AD 80.

The possibility that this was at the hands of Boudicca when leading the largest British uprising during the Roman occupation is hugely significant. It was not thought the revolt passed this way.

Visitors can watch the excavation in progress at the site every day except Fridays, until 9 August.

 

You can read the full source of the article on the BBC website.

Originally posted 2009-07-31 08:17:21. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Feb 04 2011

Two Prehistoric Tombs Unearthed in Hampshire

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Two 6,000-year-old tombs have been unearthed in Hampshire (England) in one of the biggest archaeological finds for years. The discovery, thought to be among the oldest ever made in the UK, is set to shed new light on the life led by the county’s earliest settlers. Flint tools and fragments of pottery have already been retrieved from the Neolithic site at Damerham in the New Forest. The find has been made by a team of experts from Kingston University in London.

 Archaeologist Dr Helen Wickstead said she and her colleagues were ‘stunned and delighted’ when evidence of the prehistoric complex came to light. She added

 "Some artefacts have already been recovered and in the summer a team of volunteers will make a systematic survey on the site. If we can excavate, we’ll learn a lot more about Neolithic people in the area and discover things such as who was buried there, what kind of life they led and what the environment was like 6,000 years ago." Continue Reading »

Originally posted 2009-07-01 08:30:38. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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