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Nieuwigein (Burial Chamber) — Images (click to view fullsize)

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20th March 2017ce

Nieuwigein (Burial Chamber) — Fieldnotes

6000 Year Old Skeletons Unearthed in Nieuwigein
(Nieuwegein is a municipality and city just south of the Dutch city of Utrecht)

During the construction of 'Het Klooster' Business Park in Nieuwigein during the summer of 2016, archaeological research was undertaken, mainly by drilling cores to locate potential sites of interest.

These cores showed evidence of a possible stone age site covering some 6,500 square metres, and trial trenching followed by excavation took place through November and December. This revealed a site that gave a virtually undisturbed picture of habitation during the Swifterbant Culture (5300 BCE to 3400 BCE). Sites of this period are rare, and finds here included almost 800 pieces of worked flint, chisels of animal bone, a piece of grinding stone and decorated pottery, including three fairly intact pots, complete with leftovers from meals.

Of particular note was a fine jet ornament which had been pierced with a flint tool for wearing as a pendant. Jet is not found in The Netherlands, so this piece must have been imported, most probably from England or France.

The highlight in terms of finds were three human skeletons buried in a thick layer of clay. Uniquely for The Netherlands, the bones were all well preserved because they had been surrounded by wet clay, and not sand as is more usual in this part of Europe.

In December 2016, the almost complete skeleton of a man, accompanied by leg bones and a jaw which could have been from a juvenile or a woman were unearthed. And not far away was a skull, probably belonging to the latter.

Then, in late January 2017, in another part of the site, archaeologists discovered a third Stone Age grave, which proved to be a milestone in Nieuwegein history, because it was a fully intact male skeleton dating from around 4000 BCE.

All the skeletons were excavated in blocks of the surrounding clay and taken to Stichting RAAP (Netherlands Archaeological Agency) in Leiden for detailed examination.

It is intended that the finds will eventually be put on display to the public.

You can view an 8 minute YouTube video which illustrates the discovery of these skeletons. Although the commentary is in Dutch, the images speak for themselves.
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20th March 2017ce

Alkmaar Paardenmarkt (Burial Chamber) — Images

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20th March 2017ce

Liddington Warren Farm (Long Barrow) — Images

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19th March 2017ce

Aldbourne 'Cup Barrow' (Round Barrow(s)) — Images

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19th March 2017ce

The Netherlands (Country) — News

6000 Year Old Intact Skeleton found in Nieuwegein


Nieuwegein is a municipality and city in the Dutch province of Utrecht.

It was reported on January 31, 2017 that, in a thick layer of clay on the site of a new business park in Nieuwegein, archaeologists had found a nearly intact skeleton dating from approximately 6000 years ago. The location had already yielded pots and jewellery from the Swifterbant Culture (5300-3400 BCE), named after the village of Swifterbant in the Flevopolder, where the first finds were made.

Although the skeleton looks almost intact, it is remarkable that the bones are not all in their logical positions. Why the skeletal parts have been moved out of anatomical context is unclear: possibly they became disorganised through earth movements.

The original Dutch Report includes a photograph of the cast in which the skeleton was removed.

Here's another illustrated report with a photograph showing archaeologists uncovering a third skeleton from the site.
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18th March 2017ce
Edited 19th March 2017ce

Alkmaar Paardenmarkt (Burial Chamber) — Fieldnotes

This is a follow-up to the News Item by 'Sweetcheat'

A 2010 excavation of the remains of a Franciscan monastery that stood below Alkmaar's present-day Paardenmarkt between 1448 to 1574, uncovered a mass grave dating from 1573, the year when Alkmaar was besieged by the Spaniards.

But more excitingly, further research below a layer of drift sand revealed a unique prehistoric tomb dating back to the Iron Age - around 700 BCE.

The sandy soils of the Netherlands rarely preserve remains of this age (not even bones), but remarkably, a silhouette was discovered, in the customary squatting interment position of that era. The silhouette was protected by a coating of lacquer and removed in its entirety for preservation.

You can refer to the original story in the final paragraph of this report (in Dutch / illustrated).
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18th March 2017ce

Alkmaar Paardenmarkt (Burial Chamber) — Images

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18th March 2017ce

Warren Farm (Round Barrow(s)) — Miscellaneous

Well seen by visitors to Sugar Hill to the north-east, Pastscape has this to say:

"A Bronze Age bowl barrow is visible on aerial photographs as an earthwork. Classified by Grinsell as Aldbourne 14 the barrow has since been ploughed out and is now visible as a cropmark of mound and outer ditch with a diameter of 40m. In the centre of the barrow is the mark of a pit possibly the result of excavations. When Greenwell excavated in 1878 he discovered a primary cist with a cremation and associated scrapers. The barrow may be associated with the two possible Bronze Age round barrows to the east (SU 27 NW 101; SU 27 NW 171)."
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18th March 2017ce

Warren Farm (Round Barrow(s)) — Images

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Aldbourne 7 (Round Barrow(s)) — Images

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18th March 2017ce

Sugar Hill (Round Barrow(s)) — Images

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18th March 2017ce

Aldbourne (west of Giant's Grave) (Round Barrow(s)) — Miscellaneous

Two round barrows, one more or less ploughed out, the other pretty substantial stand some way to the approx west of The Giant's Grave. According to Pastscape:

"The larger and more complete of the two barrows, at SU 2433 7642, measures 30m in diameter and displays no sign of an outer ditch. In the centre of the barrow the soilmark of a pit is visible. The smaller of the two, at SU 2431 7643, measures only 20m, but is barely visible as it has suffered damage from ploughing. [RAF 106G/UK/1415 3312 14-APR-1946]"
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18th March 2017ce

Aldbourne 'Cup Barrow' (Round Barrow(s)) — Miscellaneous

It would appear folks have got a little confused over time as regards what was found at which of the many barrows in the vicinity of Aldbourne. However I believe the following, taken from Pastscape (MONUMENT NO. 225145) refers to this example, well seen from the ridge west of The giant's Grave:

"Aldbourne 6, (WG 280) 30 paces in diameter x 5 1/2ft in height, (2) no trace of ditch (3). Excavation by W Greenwell revealed a primary cremation on a plank of wood in a cairn beneath the barrow, surrounded by wood ashes. Associated
objects found include an Aldbourne cup with lid, parts of a bronze dagger, two bronze awls, beads of faience, amber, shale and encrinite, a shale ring-pendant and ring, a V-bored button, the cast of a cardium shell and a polished haematite pebble. A secondary (?) burial of scattered burnt bones was discovered to the north with a lidless Aldbourne cup, inlaid with white material, two flint arrowheads, one barbed and tanged, the other triangular. In the material of the barrow were nine sherds (1 of beaker) and many flint flakes. (2 & 3).
Wessex grave 33 (4). Finds went to the British Museum (2). (2-4)"
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18th March 2017ce

Foel Deg ar Bedol (Round Cairn) — Images

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18th March 2017ce

Lakehead Hill (Stone Row / Alignment) — Images

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18th March 2017ce

Harlech Circle (Kerbed Cairn) — Images

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18th March 2017ce

Cwm Melyn Cairn (Cairn(s)) — Images

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17th March 2017ce

Cwm Melyn (Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork) — Images

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