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Neolithic Burial Site Yields Unique Archaeological Find (Hungary)
MTI ^ | 4-24-2007

Posted on 04/23/2007 3:18:04 PM PDT by blam

Neolithic burial site yields unique archaeological find

Budapest, April 23 (MTI) - Archaeologists exploring a Neolithic burial site in Tolna County, S Hungary, have discovered what may easily be the most exciting tomb ever unearthed in Europe, Professor Istvan Zalai-Gaal, who has been leading the diggings, reported on Monday.

The tomb is seven thousand years old and was the burial chamber of a tribal chieftain. There is a heavy upright log in each corner, believed to have originally held an above ground structure over the two-metre by two-metre tomb. Inside, said Zalai-Gaal, archaeologists found polished stone axes and other stone tools typical of the late Stone Age, as well as the largest stone knife ever to be recovered from that period. They also discovered a decorated bullhorn, a marble war club and an axe head that though stone, bears the shape of a Bronze Age weapon. Scientists believe the tribe was aware of metal tools but did not have the metal to make any, leading them to copy the form. Also discovered was a necklace made of hundreds of bronze beads, combined with shells from the Mediterranean, the latter obviously traded goods, said Zalai-Gaal. One had to be extraordinarily wealthy to have a necklace like this, he pointed out.

Otherwise, some 14,000 square metres have been excavated on this site, probably the largest known Stone Age dig in Europe. Over one million artefacts have been uncovered, Zalai-Gaal added, saying that the exploration was ongoing, though the site was in the pathway of a motorway that was under construction.


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KEYWORDS: archaeology; burial; godsgravesglyphs; hungary; neolithic

1 posted on 04/23/2007 3:18:07 PM PDT by blam
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2 posted on 04/23/2007 3:18:31 PM PDT by blam
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Scientists believe the tribe was aware of metal tools but did not have the metal to make any, leading them to copy the form. Also discovered was a necklace made of hundreds of bronze beads,

Don't these two sentences contradict each other?

3 posted on 04/23/2007 3:25:07 PM PDT by Rio (Don't make me come over there....)
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To: Rio
Don't these two sentences contradict each other?

Not necessarily. They could could very easily have acquired bronze through trade, but not know how to build a forge or have the know how to otherwise manipulate the metal.

4 posted on 04/23/2007 4:36:54 PM PDT by Thermalseeker (Just the facts, ma'am)
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