Skip to comments.Snowy landscape reveals Wales' forgotten ancient remains
Posted on 03/29/2013 9:43:58 AM PDT by SunkenCiv
Archaeologists have discovered ancient remains after they were "brought back to life" by the snow covering the landscape.
Settlements dating back 4,000 years were only found because just the right amount of snow fell on the countryside.
Experts were flying over the landscape in a light aircraft when they spotted the Bronze Age remains below.
A combination of the snow and the low sun in the sky at this time of year provided ideal conditions to plot the sites for the first time.
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Suddenly I get the sinking feeling that something about this had already been posted.
I guess it’s hard to understand how the snow revealed it. The guy who built the fence didn’t notice?
I went and looked at the slide show. Pretty darn neat, especially the one with the farm built around it. How could they not know?
Yep. Remind of an article a while back about some Iranian government buildings built in the 1970’s by Israelies. They had Stars of David built into their roof architecture.
I’ve seen something like this in the Potters Field in one of the large NY cemeteries. Just an empty, seemingly flat, unbroken markerless field I walked across or passed by many times. Then one day the late-day sun is in some certain spot and...ranks and ranks of shadow rectangles over the whole spooky thing.
Looks like a mott and bailey.
It does. While that method of fort construction is attributed to the Normans (and that site shown above might be of that date, guess they’ll find out and tell us), an earthen wall called Wat’s Dyke was thought to have been in response to the Offa’s Dyke, constructed along the border of Mercia and Wales. When someone actually did the work and got good dates, it was found to be at least three hundred years earlier, iow, may have inspired Offa’s Dyke. For that matter, given that the Wansdyke is of unknown post-Roman origin, perhaps Offa’s Dyke (or good-sized chunks of it) is older and not Offa’s work at all. :’)
Intersting stuff. I started by looking of Offa’s wall on wikipedia and kept followoing fascinating refrences one after the other. The death of King Penda, the birth of Northumbria, the Venerable Bede etc, etc.
That was the problem with encyclopedias when I was a lad — go to look something up, flip open to find it, see something else, read it, look up the related articles, forget the original question. ;’)