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Earliest houses, Bronze Age cremations and tools found by archaeologists in Scotland
Culture24 ^ | 16 May 2014 | Ben Miller

Posted on 05/24/2014 11:48:29 AM PDT by SunkenCiv

A Neolithic home which is south-west Scotland’s earliest known house, two cemeteries carrying 20 Bronze Age cremations, a pair of rare jet necklaces and thousands of flint tools used in Mesolithic coastal industries have been discovered during the creation of a bypass in Dumfries and Galloway.

Work on the new Dunragit intersection has uncovered a huge variety of artefacts from 7,000 years of Scottish history. Criss-crossing palaeochannels on the edge of a former estuary obscured a house which is thought to date from 6000 BC, accompanied by a perforated stone adze used to work wood...

No bone survived in either of the cists the necklaces were found in, although archaeologists are planning chemical tests to deduce whether the bodies had been removed from graves or ritually deposited during the late third and second millennia BC.

They say the necklaces are of “exceptional” quality, originating from Yorkshire in the first examples of their kind to be found in Scotland during recent times.

Of the 20 cremations, the remains of an adult were carried by one wholly intact urn...

Six Iron Age roundhouses point to only the second Iron Age village ever found in Galloway, dating from around 2,000 years ago and containing evidence of metalworking and a Romano-British Iron Age brooch. Experts observed uncertainty over the impact the Romans had on the community, having used a Roman road which passes close to the site.

In other discoveries, knapping waste and more than 13,500 flint microliths were attributed to a “core focus” of Mesolithic activity by occupants likely to have exploited the nearby resources of fish, shellfish and hunting grounds. Beaker pottery could also be linked to European immigration.

The new bypass route, the A75, was chosen to avoid disturbing archaeology and cropmarks. The remains were discovered during the removal of topsoil.

(Excerpt) Read more at culture24.org.uk ...


TOPICS: History; Science; Travel
KEYWORDS: godsgravesglyphs; scotland; scotlandyet
Neolithic/Bronze Age Jet Necklace recovered from one of the cemetery burials at Dunragit [© GUARD Archaeology Ltd]

Neolithic/Bronze Age Jet Necklace recovered from one of the cemetery burials at Dunragit [© GUARD Archaeology Ltd]

1 posted on 05/24/2014 11:48:30 AM PDT by SunkenCiv
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2 posted on 05/24/2014 11:48:53 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

If a New York/New Jersey accent doesn’t drive you nuts (”right?”), I heartily endorse this series of 48 lectures.
http://www.audible.com/pd/History/The-History-of-Ancient-Egypt-Audiobook/B00DICD9BE


3 posted on 05/24/2014 11:55:37 AM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: SunkenCiv

I would be thrilled to find that beaker pot.

“The remains of Neolithic dwellers are thought to come from a nearby ceremonial complex excavated by Manchester University diggers more than a decade ago, unearthing three concentric rings of timber posts initially spotted through aerial photography.”

Makes me think of ‘Woodhenge’.


4 posted on 05/24/2014 12:08:54 PM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: SunkenCiv

Also, I wonder if they will find any indication of Pictish origins?


5 posted on 05/24/2014 12:10:32 PM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: gorush

You might like the Ancient World podcast by Scott Chesworth.


6 posted on 05/24/2014 1:12:11 PM PDT by Sawdring
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To: gorush

Thanks, I’ll check it out.


7 posted on 05/24/2014 1:13:40 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: gorush

I listened to a bit of it and was expecting someone who sounded like Michael Savage, but this guy doesn’t sound that bad (he does speak fast, though). You must have sensitive ears—LOL!


8 posted on 05/24/2014 1:33:43 PM PDT by Pharmboy (Democrats lie because they must.)
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To: Pharmboy

I’m the only guy I know who doesn’t have an accent.


9 posted on 05/24/2014 1:36:43 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: Sawdring

Thanks, I’ll look it up.


10 posted on 05/24/2014 1:38:42 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: Pharmboy

He keeps throwing “right?” into the middle of sentences...or he’ll make a statement and then repeat that statement verbatim, right? I almost turned it off, but the couldn’t. I’ve read many histories of Egypt, many that the author himself suggests be read. This series was most excellent.


11 posted on 05/24/2014 1:46:56 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: gorush

Thanks for the tip on The History of Ancient Egypt. I just created a 30 day trial account and got the four audio files for free.

I listen to politics, history, and anthropology courses when I’m on long weekend hikes and commuting. I really enjoy the various series put out by Hillsdale College (Free Market Forum, Free Market Economics, Introduction to the Constitution, et al) and The Hoover Institution. Listen to Rush and Levin a lot as well, but they get a bit tedious and repetitious at times.


12 posted on 05/24/2014 1:52:10 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: gorush

Yep...that’s NY/NJ. Savage that hurts my ears.


13 posted on 05/24/2014 2:18:45 PM PDT by Pharmboy (Democrats lie because they must.)
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To: gorush
Your link leads to an Audible Audiobooks webpage offering the The History of Ancient Egypt course for $52.95, clearly stating it's from "The Great Courses."
But when I go to The Great Courses website, they're charging $249.95 for (what appears to be) the same course!
Quite a difference.
14 posted on 05/24/2014 4:00:52 PM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: oh8eleven

As an audible subscriber you basically pay $10/book, no matter what the “listed” price.


15 posted on 05/24/2014 4:13:45 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: gorush

That makes the pricing difference even bigger.


16 posted on 05/24/2014 4:16:52 PM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: oh8eleven

I’ve gotten four books per month for the last twelve years...I drive a lot in my quest.


17 posted on 05/24/2014 5:04:56 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: SunkenCiv
Makes me wonder what attracted people to settle that far north that long ago when there was land available to the south.

It was the scotch whiskey, I suppose.

18 posted on 05/27/2014 5:29:09 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: gorush
I’m the only guy I know who doesn’t have an accent.

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No suh!

19 posted on 05/27/2014 5:37:30 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Beowulf9

Yeah, that would be a great find. Of course, when you turn 91 the feds will break in every door and window brandishing firearms to seize it...


20 posted on 05/28/2014 6:22:39 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Beowulf9

The Beaker People antedate the Picts. It’s weird, the British Isles were a big destination for mass migrations, and in historical times, for invasion, right up until the late 17th c (subsequent attempts have failed).


21 posted on 05/28/2014 6:25:45 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: colorado tanker

Or maybe the streetwalkers.


22 posted on 05/28/2014 6:25:59 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

That history is pretty sparsely understood though, am I correct in that?

I plan someday to read about the Picts. Those people made the most beautiful artworks in stone and metal, just lovely.


23 posted on 05/28/2014 7:28:49 PM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: Beowulf9

They left almost nothing in writing, which is a common problem among known vanished cultures, including those which are known to have been literate (like the Etruscans).

http://www.lib.umt.edu/lang/celtich.htm#Pictish

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Picts


24 posted on 05/29/2014 7:51:21 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

Making the Picts mysterious, which is perhaps why I find them interesting.

Although I do wish always for some big find, like a ‘Pict’etta Stone.


25 posted on 05/30/2014 9:56:12 AM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: Beowulf9

It’s not unlikely that there was quite a lot written about them in monasteries later burned by those happy-go-lucky Viking raiders.


26 posted on 05/30/2014 1:26:45 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

Uh uh. Match-happy monks, grr.


27 posted on 05/30/2014 5:52:58 PM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: Beowulf9

Oops, make that vault-burning Vikings, grr.


28 posted on 05/30/2014 5:54:01 PM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: Beowulf9

:’D


29 posted on 05/31/2014 4:24:51 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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