Skip to comments.Seven centuries of ploughing in Ede: Dutch Celtic fields used continuously for centuries
Posted on 03/21/2014 5:48:28 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
Archaeological excavations have finally answered the question regarding the age and development of the mysterious prehistoric fields enclosed by earthen ridges known as Celtic fields.
Using Optically Stimulated Luminescence (OSL), a technique that dates the last exposure to light or heat sources of quartz minerals, archaeologist Stijn Arnoldussen from the University of Groningen managed to determine that these banks around the later prehistoric field plots were constructed more than 3100 years ago and remained in use for hundreds of years thereafter...
The Celtic field complex targeted by the Groningen Institute of Archaeology at Lunteren measured at least 210 hectares in prehistor[ic times]...
The prehistoric banks were constructed around 1100 cal BC but were still increasing in height 700 years later. It is probable that their use spanned into the Roman era. This shows that Celtic field systems are not only vast in surface area, but also represent an agricultural landscape of unprecedented stability and durability...
"The banks rather appear to comprise mineral and organic sods of low-lying, wet, parts of the landscape that were mixed with dung and debris at small prehistoric hamlets."
(Excerpt) Read more at rug.nl ...
Research area of the Lunteren Celtic fields. The locations of the Celtic field banks are visible as discolourations in the modern fields. The details show the fieldwork in full swing (top left), part of an Iron Age spindle-whorl for creating wool fibres (right) and a present-day full-size reconstruction of an Iron Age farmhouse found at Lunteren.
Is it “Pluffing” or “Plowing”?
Meh, the stupid is strong in this sentence. Spinners do not "create" fibers. They spin fibers harvested from animals and plants into yarn, thread or cords.
I don’t know, I slough off questions like that. ;’)
A read of the full article makes it easy to infer that there’s an ESL problem. :’)
Sit back and have a draught.
And maybe play a game of ‘em.
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