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'Discovery of a lifetime': Stone Age temple found in Orkney is 800 years older than Stonehenge...
Daily Mail ^ | 2nd January 2012 | Ted Thornhill

Posted on 01/04/2012 6:00:46 PM PST by SunkenCiv

The site, known as the Ness of Brodgar, was investigated by BBC2 documentary A History of Ancient Britain, with presenter Neil Oliver describing it as 'the discovery of a lifetime'.

So far the remains of 14 Stone Age buildings have been excavated, but thermal geophysics technology has revealed that there are 100 altogether, forming a kind of temple precinct.

Until now Stonehenge was considered to have been the centre of Neolithic culture, but that title may now go to the Orkney site, which contains Britain's earliest known wall paintings.

Oliver said: 'The excavation of a vast network of buildings on Orkney is allowing us to recreate an entire Stone Age world.

'It's opening a window onto the mysteries of Neolithic religion.'

Experts believe that the site will give us insights into what Neolithic people believed about the world and the universe.

Nick Card, an archaeologist from the University of the Highlands and Islands, said: 'It's an archaeologist's dream site. The excitement of the site never fades.

'This site is a one-off.'

Professor Mark Edmonds from the University of York, meanwhile, describes the excavation as 'a site of international importance'.

Some parts of the temple are 800 years older than Stonehenge, which lies 500 miles to the south in Wiltshire.

The site is very close to the Ring of Brodgar stone circle and the standing stones of Stenness and is surrounded by a wall believed to have been 10-feet high.

Archaeologists found red zigzag lines on some of the buildings' inner walls that they believe is Stone Age art -- the oldest ever found.

So far only around 10 per cent of the site has been examined -- and it could take decades to uncover and analyse everything there.

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: History; Science; Travel
KEYWORDS: archaeoastronomy; godsgravesglyphs; megaliths; nessofbrodgar; orkney; ringofbrodgar; scotland; scotlandyet; stonehenge; stonesofstennis
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'More important than Stonehenge': The temple precinct being uncovered in Orkney contains 100 Stone Age buildings

Stone Age temple found in Orkney is 800 years older than Stonehenge
Big draw: Britain's earliest examples of artwork have been found on the walls at the Orkney site

Stone Age temple found in Orkney is 800 years older than Stonehenge

1 posted on 01/04/2012 6:00:55 PM PST by SunkenCiv
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2 posted on 01/04/2012 6:01:44 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Merry Christmas, Happy New Year! May 2013 be even Happier!)
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To: SunkenCiv

In before 3G ping.


3 posted on 01/04/2012 6:03:37 PM PST by Rebelbase
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The site in Orkney is surrounded by other Neolithic remains

Stone Age temple found in Orkney is 800 years older than Stonehenge
Golden oldie: The megalithic archaeological stone circle called The Ring of Brodgar is nearby

Stone Age temple found in Orkney is 800 years older than Stonehenge

4 posted on 01/04/2012 6:03:49 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Merry Christmas, Happy New Year! May 2013 be even Happier!)
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To: Renfield; StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; decimon; 1010RD; 21twelve; 24Karet; ...

 GGG managers are SunkenCiv, StayAt HomeMother & Ernest_at_the_Beach
Thanks Renfield.

To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list.


5 posted on 01/04/2012 6:04:57 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Merry Christmas, Happy New Year! May 2013 be even Happier!)
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To: Rebelbase

I have very slow electrons here.


6 posted on 01/04/2012 6:07:04 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Merry Christmas, Happy New Year! May 2013 be even Happier!)
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To: Rebelbase

In before the Helen Thomas reference.


7 posted on 01/04/2012 6:07:53 PM PST by ConservativeChris
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To: JoeProBono; bigheadfred
The Untouchables

8 posted on 01/04/2012 6:10:29 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Merry Christmas, Happy New Year! May 2013 be even Happier!)
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To: SunkenCiv; Disambiguator; MplsSteve

“Can I raise a practical question at this point? Are we gonna do ‘Stonehenge’ tomorrow?”


9 posted on 01/04/2012 6:12:46 PM PST by ItsOurTimeNow ("Go now. Run along and tell your Xerxes that he faces Free Men here...not slaves.")
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To: SunkenCiv

Good report. Thanks, SunkenCiv.


10 posted on 01/04/2012 6:13:04 PM PST by SharpRightTurn ( White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Just downloaded a recent program regarding this discovery from a UK torrent site. Haven’t watched it yet, but I’m sure it will be interesting.


11 posted on 01/04/2012 6:17:26 PM PST by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: ConservativeChris
In before the Helen Thomas reference.

I think Helen Thomas is 800 years older than Stonehenge.

12 posted on 01/04/2012 6:17:45 PM PST by immadashell
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To: SunkenCiv

‘This site is a one-off.’

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5zssp5RlxnM&feature=related


13 posted on 01/04/2012 6:18:54 PM PST by tumblindice (Caveman up)
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To: SunkenCiv
Archaeologists found red zigzag lines on some of the buildings' inner walls that they believe is Stone Age art -- the oldest ever found.

Yeah, it's like a record store, dude...


14 posted on 01/04/2012 6:19:44 PM PST by bigheadfred
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To: SunkenCiv

That is a really CRAPPY climate up there...kudos to those guys for surviving - 5000 years ago.


15 posted on 01/04/2012 6:21:29 PM PST by BobL ("Heartless" and "Inhumane" FReepers for Cain - we've HAD ENOUGH)
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To: SunkenCiv

Yeah, just kill me now. (My electrons are slower than yours.)


16 posted on 01/04/2012 6:25:08 PM PST by bigheadfred
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To: SunkenCiv

17 posted on 01/04/2012 6:27:27 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas gerit)
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To: SunkenCiv

I sailed around the Isle of Mull with my British cousins, a number of years ago, and visited a number of the smaller islands. It was pretty cold and rainy, but very beautiful. I must say, I think the Orkneys are a bit far north for my liking.


18 posted on 01/04/2012 6:29:36 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: SunkenCiv

So am I correct these are people who predated the Celtic waves into the British Isles?

Were they Picts?

Or wideranging North Germanics straying from Norway, etc.?

Or something else?


19 posted on 01/04/2012 6:44:16 PM PST by truth_seeker
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To: BobL
It was warmer then.

At the same time Lake Erie was substantially larger than it is now and reached over into Western Indiana. It drained off 4,000 years ago (as the Niagara River dug into the Niagara Escarpment).

The Sahara was settling into desert conditions, as was Arabia, and Egypt was rising along the banks of the Nile. Still, the Great Western Depression was also a lake ~ it dried up after Roman times.

20 posted on 01/04/2012 6:45:16 PM PST by muawiyah
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