Skip to comments.4,200-year-old burial of Bronze Age chieftain discovered under UK skate park
Posted on 05/05/2020 6:24:53 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
Archaeologists found the burials in 2017, ahead of the construction of a skate park in Lechlade-on-Thames, a town in the southwestern county of Gloucestershire, England. Radiocarbon dating revealed that the two men lived in about 2200 B.C.
The chieftain's burial held the skulls and hooves from four different cattle, Hood said. Head and hoof burial offerings were practiced in Europe during the Bronze Age, but were less common in Britain. "In fact, all previous examples here [in the U.K.] have been single cattle burials, so the Lechlade burial is unique in this regard," because it had four, Hood said.
"It's quite a significant investment of wealth to go into the ground," Hood added. "There's a chance that these animals were slaughtered as part of a ceremony related to the burial."
The age and style of the burials, as well as artifacts found near the chieftain, suggest that these men were part of the Beaker culture, named for its beaker-like ceramic pots. According to recent DNA studies, the people in this culture arrived from mainland Europe around 2400 B.C. They were an impressive lot who might have been the first to use copper and bronze in Britain, "so we think that their arrival is a fairly important moment in prehistory," Hood said.
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Just don’t dig to extend the tube past Hob’s End.
And he was wearing an “I am with joe” button.
Lots of stuff buried all over Britain. This is my favorite. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F9kUAJCsJ-A
Yeah, that may have been their all-time top find, and I think they went there twice, but it kinda drags forme. That hasn't kept me from running through it twice or three times though. :^)
Most people buried in Bronze Age Britain were arranged in a crouched position on their sides, as the chieftain was. So the older man's proximity to the chieftain, as well as the man's lack of a Beaker "package" and strange burial position, may remain a mystery for the ages.
2200 BC. People have been in Great Britain. May be some of my ancestors for all I know.
The Trout is only a short distance from Kelmscott, leased by William Morris, who started the arts and craft movement, and for a time, Dante Gabriel Rossetti.
My great grandfather emigrated from Bampton, located another 2-3 miles east of Kelmscott.
further Down the river, 10-12 miles, is another Inn called The Trout, in Godstow on the north side of Oxford. It was one of C.S. Lewis’ favorite Inns.
The area is dense with British history, past and modern!
I saw that movie when I was about 8? Dang, it gave me nightmares!
Thanks for the links!
Wow, neat! Morris of course wound up married to Jane Burden, one of the favorite models of some of the PRB painters, especially DG Rossetti.
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