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UK's Oldest town revealed: Amesbury dates back more than TEN millenia
Express (UK) ^ | Thursday, May 1, 2014 | Emily Fox

Posted on 05/07/2014 6:42:45 PM PDT by SunkenCiv

Carbon dating from an archaeological dig by the university shows that the parish of Amesbury has been continually occupied for every millennia since 8,820BC. The origins of Amesbury have been discovered as a result of carbon dating bones of aurochs - twice the size of bulls, wild boar and red deer - following a dig at Vespasian's Camp, Blick Mead, a mile-and-a-half from Stonehenge.

It dates the activities of the people who were responsible for building the first monuments at Stonehenge, made of massive pine posts, and show their communities continuing to work and live in the area for a further 3,000 years, close to the dawn of the Neolithic when Stonehenge was first built...

The findings provide evidence which suggests that Stonehenge, rather than being seen as a neolithic new build in an empty landscape, should be viewed as a response to long-term use of the area by indigenous hunters and home-makers.

Further findings appear to shed light on the persistent use of domestic farming techniques at Blick Mead, now believed to be used by settled communities rather than nomadic peoples...

During a six-week dig, 31,000 flints were discovered in a 16 sq m (172 sq ft) area and more than 2,000 were found in a 1 sq m (11 sq ft) - the largest concentration of such finds in Europe.

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


TOPICS: History; Science; Travel
KEYWORDS: agriculture; amesbury; animalhusbandry; archaeoastronomy; auroch; aurochs; godsgravesglyphs; megaliths; neolithic; stonehenge; unitedkingdom
Archaeologists are confident they finally know the identity of the country's oldest town[PA]

Archaeologists are confident they finally know the identity of the country's oldest town[PA]

1 posted on 05/07/2014 6:42:46 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
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To: StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; decimon; 1010RD; 21twelve; 24Karet; 2ndDivisionVet; ...
"Symbolically transformed reindeer" ping.

2 posted on 05/07/2014 6:43:22 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

Back then it was just called the town, because everyone knew what town you were talking about - the only one


3 posted on 05/07/2014 6:43:53 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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Amesbury and Boscombe Down
http://www.wellho.net/share/amesbury.html


4 posted on 05/07/2014 6:44:28 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: GeronL
The Village?


5 posted on 05/07/2014 6:48:25 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (The new witchhunt: "Do you NOW, . . . or have you EVER , . . supported traditional marriage?")
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To: a fool in paradise

Bump


6 posted on 05/07/2014 6:49:24 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: SunkenCiv

May have moved there from Doggerland — after their antediluvian civilization was swallowed up by the sea.


7 posted on 05/07/2014 6:51:17 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: SunkenCiv

It is nice to read someone use the term, ‘B.C. rather than B.C.E. Sheesh!


8 posted on 05/07/2014 6:54:27 PM PDT by ArtDodger
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To: SunkenCiv

Wow! Evidence that there’s still something left of Britain.


9 posted on 05/07/2014 7:10:45 PM PDT by Calusa (Were going to have that person arrested.....that did the video, said Hillary Clinton.)
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To: a fool in paradise

Yes. But they already knew that from the remains of the green dome.


10 posted on 05/07/2014 8:01:59 PM PDT by null and void ( They don't think think they are above the law. They think they are the law.)
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To: SunkenCiv

I read the article, but found no mention of what the image in the upper left corner is.

Any ideas?


11 posted on 05/07/2014 8:03:12 PM PDT by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: SunkenCiv

How many generations back might that be? If we assume the average age at first pregnancy was 15 then that’s about 66 generations per 1,000 years.


12 posted on 05/07/2014 8:28:36 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (Operating out of weakness? Imagine if he was working from a position of strength!)
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To: SunkenCiv
31,000 flints were discovered

Must be the original Ronson factory.
13 posted on 05/07/2014 9:02:18 PM PDT by ComputerGuy (HM2/USN M/3/3 Marines RVN '66-'67)
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To: NonValueAdded

Average age at first pregnancy could have been 15, first successful pregnancy probably a little higher; 600+ generations must be close. It would be nice to have some more complete information as to life expectancy based on actual remains that old, but probably not going to get that.


14 posted on 05/08/2014 5:50:14 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Graewoulf

They mentioned auroch remains, and that would be my guess, even now as I really look at it the first time close up.


15 posted on 05/08/2014 5:53:25 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

So in 10,000 years, the number of, ah, couplings, to result in you and me is a mind-blowing 2^6000.


16 posted on 05/08/2014 6:59:14 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (Operating out of weakness? Imagine if he was working from a position of strength!)
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To: SunkenCiv

Yup, looks like a vertebrae of a BIG animal.

BTW would you please post a picture of an artist’s rendering or a picture of a skeleton of an Auroch?


17 posted on 05/08/2014 7:07:58 PM PDT by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: Graewoulf

The Auroch looked similar to a longhorn, but was bigger and broader. The last known specimen died in the 1700s in Poland, not that long ago, and mind boggling to think that it was hunted, and then herded, in the last ice age.


18 posted on 05/08/2014 8:39:17 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: NonValueAdded

Even more, I’m sure they did it every chance they got. ;’) The possible chromosome combos of a single human mating pair (assuming no extras, or Turner Syndrome) is 2^23. Practically speaking, humans can’t achieve that. :’)


19 posted on 05/08/2014 8:41:46 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv; Graewoulf
SunkenCiv: "The Auroch looked similar to a longhorn, but was bigger and broader. "


20 posted on 05/09/2014 2:43:31 AM PDT by BroJoeK (a little historical perspective....)
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To: SunkenCiv

They would just be coming out of the last ice age. The sea levels are rising. The temperatures are getting warmer. I wonder what the growing season was.


21 posted on 05/09/2014 12:29:46 PM PDT by Citizen Tom Paine (An old sailor sends)
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To: SunkenCiv

London Walks has a very nice day trip from London to Salisbury and Stonehenge. Very reasonable, too.


22 posted on 05/09/2014 1:56:30 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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