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Ancient 'sauna' unearthed in Assynt
BBC ^ | Wednesday, October 17, 2012 | unattributed

Posted on 10/20/2012 9:09:48 AM PDT by SunkenCiv

Archaeologists have uncovered the remains of what they believe could be an Bronze Age bathing site, or a sauna.

The metre-deep pit with a channel to a nearby stream was discovered at Stronechrubie, Assynt, in the north west Highlands.

The find was made by the Fire and Water Project, which is run by archaeology and history group Historic Assynt.

The project team had been trying to understand what a crescent shaped mound of stones had been created for.

Excavations at the mound by archaeologists and volunteers unearthed the pit and channel from beneath a layer of clay.

Archaeologists believe it may have been created for bathing, or as a sauna.

They said other possible uses for the site included cooking and feasting, or perhaps brewing. Greek geographer

Gordon Sleight, projects leader for Historic Assynt, said: "Under a strange layer of clay, we came down to a 1.5 metre square, one metre deep pit dug into the ground with a channel to feed water in from a nearby burn, plus three slabs which may indicate it was once lined with stone.

"There were no animal bones or anything to suggest its use as a cooking site and its size would have made it well-nigh impossible to bring to boiling point.

"So warm water is more likely, which suggests it was used for bathing, or perhaps as a sauna or sweat lodge."

Assynt is peppered with ancient sites, including the ruins of a 2,000-year-old home called a broch

Historic Assynt believe Clachtoll broch was built and occupied by a sophisticated maritime culture stretching up to the Northern Isles and out to the Hebrides at a time before the Roman conquest of southern Britain.

The tower may have been seen by ancient Greek geographer Pytheas during his circumnavigation of Britain.

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


TOPICS: History; Science; Travel
KEYWORDS: assynt; clachtollbroch; godsgravesglyphs; pytheas; scotland
The pit and its slabs were excavated by archaeologists and volunteers

The pit and its slabs were excavated by archaeologists and volunteers

1 posted on 10/20/2012 9:09:58 AM PDT by SunkenCiv
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To: StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; decimon; 1010RD; 21twelve; 24Karet; 2ndDivisionVet; ...

 GGG managers are SunkenCiv, StayAt HomeMother & Ernest_at_the_Beach
To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list.


2 posted on 10/20/2012 9:13:59 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv
They said other possible uses for the site included cooking and feasting, or perhaps brewing.

The more things change, the more they remain the same.


3 posted on 10/20/2012 9:30:27 AM PDT by NYer
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To: SunkenCiv

Hmmmmmm....yes......I see.....of course.....anyone can see that......quite obvious......surely.......never mind......just passing through.


4 posted on 10/20/2012 10:00:38 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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