Skip to comments.Iron Age people gave interiors of dwellings a decorative streak
Posted on 08/12/2011 6:57:34 AM PDT by SunkenCiv
Archaeologists in Saxony-Anhalt have discovered a 2,600-year-old wall painted in bright patterns. It reveals that Iron Age houses were not the drab constructions they were once thought to be.
The State Museum for Prehistory in the eastern German city of Halle put part of the prehistoric clay wall on display on Monday. The wall was apparently part of a sprawling, Iron Age human settlement...
The dominant colours are red, beige and white. For pigments, the prehistoric painters used substances such as iron oxide, which gives the reddish, ochre colour. The design shows typical ornamental patterns from the Iron Age such as triangles and S-shaped hooks, but also symbolic characters.
Archaeologists discovered the wall two years ago during an excavation of the site for a new high-speed train line, near the village of Wennungen, about 40 kilometres southwest of Halle.
The wall had been broken up into about 1,500 individual pieces over time. Experts have spent much of the past two years putting the pieces back together like a giant jigsaw puzzle. The final product is a section of wall two metres long and 1.5 metres tall.
The prehistoric site near Wennungen was spread out, once covering a piece of ground the size of more than 200 football fields.
One piece of the wall will be shown from 2012 as part of a permanent exhibition that also features the famous 3,600-year-old Nebra sky disc, a bronze object about 30 centimetres in diameter depicting celestial bodies in gold on a blue-green background.
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So, they found the pictures the kids posted on the stone refrigerator. Cool!!
FYI - if Iron Age is old enough to be of interest.
beige and white.
Neutral colors are best if you ever want to sell your cave.
What I *really* miss is the dark hair age. And for that matter, I’ve begun to miss the Any Hair age.
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This isn’t from the stone age. The refrigerator was made of iron, although the poor people down the road still have bronze fridges.
Old dyes and pigments fade with time, so we see “drab” 3000 years later. Same with Victorian era textiles, they were bright and vibrant when new.
And while I’m at it, the stone carvings the Maya did were all painted with bright colors when new.
I like to think that my hair isn't receding - my forehead is growing.
Frankly, I don’t think Harry Reid has done any such thing.
Does this mean there really is a “gay gene?”
Bronze would have actually been the superior and more sought after metal in those days. Iron just supplanted it for many things because it was much more readily available.
People are people but all of us are to some extent constrained by our surrounding culture. Those cultures and environments can be stifling or liberating (Islam vs. Christian, for example), technologically simple or highly complex, but the inhabitants are all humans. That archaeologists always seem "surprised" to discover our ancestors had the same aesthetic impulses we have is symptomatic of something deeper. A failure to realize that, in every sense, our ancestors were very much the same creatures as us.
I'd say "I hate my hair," but it's the only one I have...
Thanks katana, well said.
The ladies of the house are exhibiting a bit of flair!