Skip to comments.Archaeologists discover 'finest ever' piece of Neolithic art...3,500BC (Scotland)
Posted on 08/04/2013 8:36:09 AM PDT by Renfield
Archaeologists have found an astonishing piece of Neolithic artwork that was buried for 4,500 years.
The stone creation - which is decorated on both sides and has been described as one of the finest ever to be found in Britain - was uncovered last night on the Ness of Brodgar in Orkney, Scotland.
It was found at the base of the south-west internal corner of the Neolithic cathedral at the site, which covers 2.5 hectares and is believed to have been occupied from as early as 3,500BC....
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Excavation: Neolithic man built a vast temple complex at the Ness of Brodgar, with some parts constructed more than 5,000 years ago, even before the Ancient Egyptians had started building the pyramids.
Where did these people come from? If they’re there was the surrounding countries i.e Denmark, Norway, Sweden also inhabited then?
It’s not exactly the Mona Lisa... :-)
It is cool, though.
Wow. Diamonds. Baseball fans.
Neolithic discovery: why Orkney is the centre of ancient Britain (Guardian,UK)
I am still convinced that the petroglyphs in Southwestern US were the result of Cave Mom saying to her kids, “Go play in the rocks with the other kids!”
You should see what the Egyptians were doing 5000 years ago, or Gobekli Tepe in Turkey long before that. I can’t get too excited about a stone with some straight lines incised on it.
Zactly what i was thinking.
Not "art", its a sign for a sock store.
So no one has claimed it as a Neolithic mosque yet?
Clearly an oversight. Someone acted stupidly.
Probably some kid doodling before his folks cuffed him upside the head and told him to get back to the survival tasks...
First recorded case in history of “tagging” with graffiti? Little Gronk got a big spanking for that one.
Temple? This is Scotland. It’s a Neolithic distillery.
In the first photo, that big “N” at the top stands for “NEOLITHIC”.
People most likely followed the retreating glaciers into the newly habitable lands. When sea levels rose, those in England/Scotland and Ireland were cut off until they created seaworthy watercraft.
No..........I think those are primitive playing cards. They didn’t have paper yet. That’s the deuce of diamonds they’ve found. Can’t wait to see the whole deck. No wonder so many of those people, especially poker players, had hernias.
You beat me to it. All these finds remind me of an old Readers’ Digest story about future archaeologists finding a temple with a guy worshipping a big square thing. Turns out it was some guy in a hotel room watching tv.
People have lived on the Orkneys so long that there is a DNA marker that is peculiar to the Orkneys.
The Queen of Hearts is always your best bet.
Come on! I've seen better "art" scratched on the ground by chickens! ;-)
Diamonds? Maybe. Or perhaps something more sophisticated. Looks like a 3 dimensional drawing of parallel planes to me.
Or Puma Punku in Bolivia. The building (and destruction) of that place defies rational explanation. We can hardly do that sort of work today.
Thanx. I’ll keep that in mind.
You gotta’ know when ta’ hold ‘em.....
Long before these people, cave men were doing beautiful paintings on the walls of caves and they call this a beautiful example of neolithic art, I don’t want to see ugly examples then.
They were all 3?
Art or geometry? Scottish Pre-Euclidian Euclidians?
I've always found Puma Punku and Tiwanaku fascinating. Using Google Earth you can see so much terracing that was done in the surrounding mountains - makes me think there must have been a much larger population to require it at one time.
As you say, it's a temple...
Carved Stone Balls found at Skara Brae, Orkney.
The main Orkneys form Scapa Flow, one of the finest natural anchorages in the world. People have been sailing to and from the Orkneys for a very long time.
Looks to me like a “coach’s board”, probably for neolithic gridiron football.
The first pic is the offense vs defense line. The lighter scratches are what the backfield is going to be doing.
The second pic is, obviously, 3 offensive linemen leading the block on a sweep with the linebacker and free safety as the objects to be blocked.
Stone balls? Ship them to congress.
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