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Silchester Iron Age finds reveal secrets of pre-Roman Britain
Past Horizons ^ | 7-31-2012 | Maev Kennedy

Posted on 08/01/2012 4:06:23 PM PDT by Renfield

...The banal seeds are astonishing because many came from a level dating to a century before the Romans. More evidence is emerging every day, and it is clear that from around 50BC the Iron Age Atrebates tribe, whose name survived in the Latin Calleva Atrebatum, the wooded place of the Atrebates, enjoyed a lifestyle that would have been completely familiar to the Romans when they arrived in AD43.

Their diet would also be quite familiar to many in 21st-century Britain. The people ate shellfish – previously thought to have been eaten only in coastal settlements – as well as cows, sheep, pigs, domesticated birds such as chicken and geese as well as wild fowl, and wheat, apples, blackberries, cherries and plums. They ate off plates, again previously thought a finicky Roman introduction, and flavoured their food with poppy seed, coriander, dill, fennel, onion and celery. They had lashings of wine, imported not just in clay amphorae but in massive barrels, and olive oil.

And they had olives. One tiny shrub in the herb garden represents the recent discovery, news of which went round the world: a single battered, charred olive stone excavated from the depths of a well, the earliest ever found in Britain. All the Atrebates needed for the perfect pizza was tomatoes to arrive from the new world...

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TOPICS: History; Science
KEYWORDS: archaeology; britain; callevaatrebatum; food; godsgravesglyphs; hampshire; mikefulford; silchester; unitedkingdom

1 posted on 08/01/2012 4:06:34 PM PDT by Renfield
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2 posted on 08/01/2012 4:07:05 PM PDT by Renfield (Turning apples into venison since 1999!)
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"...They feared gods who demanded sacrifices as startling as anything in a gothic novel. Ravens have been found buried across the site, as well as dozens of dog burials, not just slung into a well or cesspit but carefully buried, often with other objects, one with the body of an infant, one standing up as if on guard for 2,000 years. Another tiny skeleton, no bigger than a celebrity’s handbag dog, was one of a handful ever found in Europe from such an early date: the evidence suggests it lived for up to three years, and was then laid curled as if asleep into the foundations of a house. Only last Friday the skeleton of a cat turned up, carefully packed into a clay jar.

A unique folding knife showing two dogs mating, another fabulously expensive import, was also deliberately buried..."

3 posted on 08/01/2012 4:10:19 PM PDT by Renfield (Turning apples into venison since 1999!)
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 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.

4 posted on 08/01/2012 4:37:54 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (
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