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Third 5,000-year-old figurine found at Orkney dig
BBC ^ | August 2012 | unattributed

Posted on 08/31/2012 6:15:12 PM PDT by SunkenCiv

A third 5,000-year-old hand-carved figurine has been discovered during excavations on Orkney.

Archaeologists had previously unearthed two ancient figurines in 2009 and 2010 at the dig at Links of Noltland in Westray.

All three will go on display at the Westray Heritage Centre.

Alasdair McVicar, chair of the Westray Heritage Trust, said: "The discovery of these figurines has really put Westray and the heritage centre on the map."

Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop said: "There was understandable excitement when the first figurine, believed to be the earliest artistic representation of the human form ever found in the UK, was found in 2009.

"To now be able to say that two more examples have been uncovered is unprecedented."

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


TOPICS: History; Science; Travel
KEYWORDS: godsgravesglyphs; orkney; scotland; scotlandyet
The new find will go on display at the Westray Heritage Centre

Third 5,000-year-old figurine found at Orkney dig

1 posted on 08/31/2012 6:15:15 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
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2 posted on 08/31/2012 6:15:58 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

um.

from that pic it is not very obvious that it’s a “human figurine”


3 posted on 08/31/2012 6:18:58 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: SunkenCiv

I saw a program a few weeks ago, that they have a dig going in Turkey that they figure is way over 14 thousand years old.

They have no idea at all who and what.


4 posted on 08/31/2012 6:22:17 PM PDT by crz
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To: crz

Gobleki Tepe ~ http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history-archaeology/gobekli-tepe.html ~ good way to start reading about the ANTEDELUVIAN WORLD. BTW, the art there is vastly superior to this supposed human form ~ which I take to be the face/head of an Arctic Owl. Not all our kin with forward looking eyeballs are peeps ~ they are all predators however.


5 posted on 08/31/2012 6:31:35 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: GeronL

looks like a child’s 1st snowman


6 posted on 08/31/2012 6:32:46 PM PDT by stickywillie (a corrupt parallel universe exists beside our wonderful Constitution)
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To: SunkenCiv

Moderators! Moderators! SunkenCiv is posting pictures of naked guy statues again! Well, maybe it’s a naked woman....I can’t tell.....but I’m sure whatever it is, it’s naked! Make him duck walk for it!


7 posted on 08/31/2012 6:33:08 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: muawiyah

OK..My Bad, I thought they had said over 14 thousand.

Then, it must have been the underwater thingy by Japan I mistook that for. Anyway, they had to figure out how long ago the water level was below that one to even begin to determine how old it was..or one of those...cant remember now.


8 posted on 08/31/2012 6:44:07 PM PDT by crz
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To: SunkenCiv
Also found; a (slightly lumpen) carved stone ball

WESTRAY HERITAGE

Over 400 carved stone balls have been discovered throughout Scotland. Those illustrated below came from Skara Brae and are estimated to be some 4,000 years old:

CARVED STONE BALLS.

9 posted on 08/31/2012 6:50:05 PM PDT by Fred Nerks (FAIR DINKUM!)
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To: Fred Nerks

“The answer is: Carved Stone Balls.”

Beepbeepbeep

“Stan.”

“What is under a Scotsman’s kilt, Alex?”

“Wrong.”

Beepbeepbeep

“Jerry.”

“Why are Scotsmen always mad, Alex?”

“Correct.”


10 posted on 08/31/2012 7:10:31 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: crz
There are several quite specific ocean levels we can see along the shoreline under the current ocean level. They lasted for several thousand years and left enough debris typical of a beach behind that we know what we are looking at.

There's an initial melt starting at the peak of the great ice sheets which is 20,000 years back. That beach lasted about 8,000 years. Then, there's a level typical of 14,000 years back when most of the Great Asian and North American sheets had melted. Then there's another level at 12,000 when there was a loss of a combination of high mountain glacial fields, residual but otherwise quite thin ice sheets ~ maybe only a few hundred meters high, and run off from Antarctica.

Then, there's the Younger Dryas. Something happened to cause the freeze to resume in the Northern hemisphere and in a short period the ice age started up ~ but without as much accumulation of ice. The dates for that are from 14,500 and 12,200 years BP for about 1300 years ~ ending just about when the Temple structure in Turkey started.

Even then the ocean continued to rise until 8,500 years ago ~ and has risen little since that time ~

Whatever our ancient distant ancestors were doing usually took place in prime land filled with wild game and great numbers of nutritious plants. That territory is mostly along rivers and stretches off into the delta lands where the water flow slows down and provides year round water to the plants.

As the ocean rose it covered those lands. At the same time there was suddenly far less alluvial soil and no doubt human beings suffered from the loss of food of the most preferred types.

Over the last 8500 years we have succeeded in moving up off the riverbanks into the foothills and even the mountains. That's why there are so terribly many of us around these days.

11 posted on 08/31/2012 7:12:37 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: SunkenCiv

It’s Helen of Thomas.


12 posted on 08/31/2012 7:19:43 PM PDT by Rocky (Obama is pure evil.)
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To: GeronL
from that pic it is not very obvious that it's a "human figurine"

Yes, it very easily could be an australopithecine.

13 posted on 08/31/2012 7:47:31 PM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: SunkenCiv

5000 years from now, some archeologist is going to unearth a garden gnome and think we idolized Bill Maher.


14 posted on 08/31/2012 7:58:57 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Verginius Rufus

I got in trouble because I wrote “ass” and here you are throwing around astrolabe.....Austria.......austro.....never mind.


15 posted on 08/31/2012 8:32:55 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: blueunicorn6
See the book Motel of the Mysteries by David Macaulay. Archaeologists in the year 4022 interpreting the ruins of "Usa."
16 posted on 08/31/2012 8:45:58 PM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: blueunicorn6

What, we don’t? ;’)


17 posted on 08/31/2012 8:53:11 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: GeronL

from that pic it is not very obvious that it’s a “human figurine”

&&
My thought was “owl”.


18 posted on 09/01/2012 8:03:30 AM PDT by Bigg Red (Pray for our republic.)
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To: SunkenCiv
A third 5,000-year-old hand-carved figurine has been discovered during excavations on Orkney

I would like to see a picture of one of the machine carved figurines from 5000 years ago.

19 posted on 09/01/2012 8:20:27 AM PDT by ThanhPhero (Khach hanh huong den La Vang)
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To: Bigg Red

I thought it looked like an owl too!


20 posted on 09/01/2012 9:14:57 AM PDT by stayathomemom (Beware of kittens modifying your posts.)
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To: ThanhPhero

:’D


21 posted on 09/01/2012 11:01:45 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv
It looks like a fossilized potato.

Figurine? This is a figurine:


22 posted on 09/01/2012 11:21:42 AM PDT by TheOldLady
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