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Excitement At Neolithic Site Find
BBC ^ | 11-2-2005

Posted on 11/02/2005 3:19:35 PM PST by blam

Excitement at Neolithic site find

Archaeologists say it will improve understanding of the Neolithic period

Archaeologists have unearthed what is thought to be one of the largest Neolithic settlements in Britain. The discovery, which includes buildings, a human burial pit, tools, pottery and ritual objects, was uncovered at a Northumberland quarry.

It is hoped it will boost understanding of the period, which dates back thousands of years.

The discovery was made during routine archaeological investigation of the quarry, which is run by Tarmac.

The settlement, near Milfield Village, Northumberland, includes at least three buildings dating to the 4000 BC Early Neolithic period and three buildings from the 3000 BC Later Neolithic period.

Archaeologists said the find was highly important because remains of buildings are rarely found on Neolithic settlements in England.

The discovery was made during routine investigations

Dr Jonathan Last, from English Heritage, said: "To find the remains of so many buildings from the Neolithic period grouped together is incredibly important.

"This exciting discovery offers huge potential to improve our understanding of Neolithic ways of life in the north-east of England.

"We hope that analysis and scientific dating of finds from the site will reveal much more about the date and function of these structures and establish whether they were homes or ceremonial buildings."

The remains have been found over an area the size of two football pitches.

Archaeological site director Dr Clive Waddington said: "This is one of the most important sites of its kind to be discovered.

"It provides an exciting opportunity to further understanding of Britain first farmers, their way of life and beliefs about the world."


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: archaeology; excitement; find; neolithic; site

1 posted on 11/02/2005 3:19:37 PM PST by blam
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To: SunkenCiv
GGG Ping.

They are probably related to Cheddar Man, who has relatives still living in the area.

2 posted on 11/02/2005 3:22:52 PM PST by blam
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To: blam

3 posted on 11/02/2005 3:23:55 PM PST by BenLurkin (O beautiful for patriot dream - that sees beyond the years)
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To: Holly_P

ping


4 posted on 11/02/2005 3:26:14 PM PST by Graybeard58 (Remember and pray for Sgt. Matt Maupin - MIA/POW- Iraq since 04/09/04)
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To: blam

At first I thought this would be a Redneck joke thread, but then I remembered it's not Friday yet.


5 posted on 11/02/2005 3:28:59 PM PST by Disambiguator (Making accusations of racism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.)
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To: blam

Oh...I thought it said EXCREMENT at neolithic site...


6 posted on 11/02/2005 3:38:48 PM PST by rlmorel ("Innocence seldom utters outraged shrieks. Guilt does." Whittaker Chambers)
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To: blam


Head like a hole?
7 posted on 11/02/2005 3:57:17 PM PST by visualops (www.visualops.com)
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To: blam
Two football pitches? Who would have suspected that the Neoliths played football?

What's a football pitch anyway?

8 posted on 11/02/2005 6:27:58 PM PST by Verginius Rufus
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To: Verginius Rufus
"What's a football pitch anyway?"


9 posted on 11/02/2005 6:42:49 PM PST by blam
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To: blam; FairOpinion; Ernest_at_the_Beach; StayAt HomeMother; 24Karet; 3AngelaD; asp1; ...
Thanks Blam.

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10 posted on 11/03/2005 6:06:17 AM PST by SunkenCiv (Down with Dhimmicrats! I last updated my FR profile on Wednesday, November 2, 2005.)
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To: blam

 

 

11 posted on 11/03/2005 6:16:27 AM PST by Fintan (If this tagline lasts longer than 4 hours, please consult a physician.)
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To: Verginius Rufus
Football = Soccer

Pitch = Soccer Field..

12 posted on 11/03/2005 6:18:14 AM PST by Drammach (Freedom; not just a job, it's an adventure..)
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To: blam

That is so cheesy.


13 posted on 11/03/2005 6:32:58 AM PST by BJClinton (I read the Bible and the Newspaper... Because I want to know what both sides are up to.)
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To: blam
...which includes buildings, a human burial pit, tools, pottery and ritual objects...

Can't figure out what an artifact is? Call it a ritual object!

14 posted on 11/03/2005 7:17:52 AM PST by Max in Utah (By their works you shall know them.)
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To: blam

Question. For all that matter what's a Grecian urn?


15 posted on 11/03/2005 9:56:56 AM PST by BenLurkin (O beautiful for patriot dream - that sees beyond the years)
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To: BenLurkin
For all that matter what's a Grecian urn?

Depends on how much work he does.

16 posted on 11/03/2005 9:59:33 AM PST by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: BenLurkin

A glazed Grecian Urn

17 posted on 11/03/2005 10:47:38 AM PST by blam
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To: ShadowAce
"Depends on how much work he does."

Excellent. My kind of humor.

18 posted on 11/03/2005 10:48:25 AM PST by blam
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To: blam
It's gorgeous!
19 posted on 11/03/2005 11:14:51 AM PST by BenLurkin (O beautiful for patriot dream - that sees beyond the years)
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To: BenLurkin
"It's gorgeous!"

Yup. Not a bad price either. The site were I swiped the picture had it advertised for $39.97.

20 posted on 11/03/2005 11:20:58 AM PST by blam
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To: blam
Well I figured it was a modern piece since most classical pottery I've seen from Greece (strictly in books and museums mind you) have all had some kind design on them - either geometric or pictorial depending on the era. Some of the oldest Greek pottery IIRC does not have design but there is no way it could be in that good condition and the handles simply don't look right.
21 posted on 11/03/2005 11:25:26 AM PST by BenLurkin (O beautiful for patriot dream - that sees beyond the years)
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To: BenLurkin
Question. For all that matter what's a Grecian urn?

Just what he is ode.

22 posted on 11/03/2005 11:40:17 AM PST by LexBaird (tyrannosaurus Lex, unapologetic carnivore)
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To: blam

I didn't have my glasses on when I saw this, and thought it said, "Excrement at Neolithic Site Find".


23 posted on 11/03/2005 12:00:02 PM PST by Renfield (If Gene Tracy was the entertainment at your senior prom, YOU might be a redneck...)
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To: Max in Utah
I have been arguing that for along time. These people are also peaceful and non violent, in tune with nature, the society is matriarchal, and the Mother goddess rules.
24 posted on 11/03/2005 1:37:46 PM PST by Little Bill (A 37%'r, a Red Spot on a Blue State, rats are evil.)
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To: blam

Neat !


25 posted on 11/03/2005 5:59:27 PM PST by Dustbunny (Main Stream Media -- Making 'Max Headroom' a reality.)
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To: rlmorel
I thought it said EXCREMENT at neolithic site...

They mighta found some of that, too!

26 posted on 11/03/2005 6:08:52 PM PST by SuziQ
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To: BenLurkin
...and the handles simply don't look right.

He's just showing off for the girl urns on the next shelf.

27 posted on 11/03/2005 6:25:35 PM PST by Max in Utah (By their works you shall know them.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Thanks so much for the pings, I just love these types of things.


28 posted on 11/04/2005 4:31:38 PM PST by Yellow Rose of Texas (Separation of Church and State is a MYTH, read the First Amendment)
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It's a pleasure.


29 posted on 11/04/2005 8:37:44 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Down with Dhimmicrats! I last updated my FR profile on Wednesday, November 2, 2005.)
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