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Orkney

Mystery Structure Found Under Neolithic Dump


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-37154410
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
23rd August 2016ce

Iona

Prehistoric village found on Iona


It was a centre of Gaelic monasticism for four centuries and the home of St Columba. But now the site of what is believed to be a prehistoric village has been found on the island of Iona. The “exciting” discovery is close to the site of the isle’s primary school.
Pottery, flints and other prehistoric materials found during the archaeological dig could take its history back more than 2,500 years.
The items unearthed, and believed to be five times older than the settlement of St Columba’s time in 563 AD, were made during excavation works for the building of an extension to the island’s primary school.
The island is best known for its monastery founded by the monk Columba, also known as Colm Cille, who had been exiled from his native Ireland as a result of his involvement in the Battle of Cul Dreimhne. But now a new find on the holy island has excited archaeologists from across Scotland and throughout the world.
An archaeological team have discovered two different periods of building on top of the original village mound of more than 1,000 years, and a previously unknown extension to the medieval vallum, or wall, has all been found in a shallow ditch next to the school.
The extent of the wall may rewrite experts’ understanding of the way in which the community on the island in 600 and 700 AD worked together.
The archaeological work has been carried out by Dr Clare Ellis of Argyll Archaeology Ltd.
She said: ‘It seems very likely that the turf bank and ditch are early medieval in date, perhaps 7th or 8th century, and may represent the remains of an unknown monastic boundary, while the underlying soils appear likely to date from the late Bronze Age or Iron Age.
‘What is most exciting to me is that the lines of the property that exist now are very similar to the property lines that existed more than 2,000 years ago.”

https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/highlands/1002459/prehistoric-village-found-on-iona/
tjj Posted by tjj
20th August 2016ce

Durrington Walls (Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork)

Remarkable ancient structure found just two miles from Stonehenge


Remarkable new archaeological discoveries are beginning to suggest that Stonehenge was built at a time of particularly intense religious and political rivalry.

Just two miles north-east of the World Heritage site, at an important archaeological complex known as Durrington Walls, archaeologists have just discovered what appears to have been a vast 500-metre diameter circle of giant timber posts. The find is of international significance.

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http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/revealed-remarkable-ancient-structure-found-just-two-miles-from-stonehenge-a7190476.html
moss Posted by moss
15th August 2016ce

Whithorn (Bullaun Stone)

Thumbpots and roundhouses: Unravelling the mysteries of the Scottish Iron Age


Our shortlisted entry for the awards was based on excavations carried out by AOC Archaeology in 2015, and again in June 2016, which unearthed a unique discovery in Galloway that promises to revolutionise our understanding of the Scottish South Western Iron Age.

Last year, archaeologists began excavating one of numerous roundhouses sited on a boggy island at this unique Iron Age settlement near Whithorn, uncovering a massive hearth mound which had been built and rebuilt and flooring which still preserved leaf litter and woven panels of hazel wattle, all preserved thanks to the waterlogged conditions.

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http://www.culture24.org.uk/history-and-heritage/archaeology/art560037-thumbpots-and-roundhouses-unravelling-the-mysteries-of-the-scottish-iron-age-with-the-Whithorn-Trust
moss Posted by moss
11th August 2016ce

Highland (Mainland)

Facial Reconstruction Of Bronze Age Woman 'Ava'


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-36923891
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
30th July 2016ce

Clachtoll (Broch)

Funds Sought For Remote Coigach and Assynt Project


Funds for excavation and preservation of Clachtoll, if funding secured.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-36892286
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
27th July 2016ce

Highland (Mainland)

Iron Age Broch In Lego Planned


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-36837430
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
27th July 2016ce

Ness of Brodgar (Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork)

Human Bone Found


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-36854431
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
22nd July 2016ce

Orkney

Fossiled Dung Clue To Secret Lives Of 'Pets' In The Iron Age


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-36796805
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
16th July 2016ce

Cambridgeshire

UK's best bronze age site dig ends but analysis will continue for years


One winter some 3,000 years ago, a development of highly desirable houses was built on stilts over a tributary of the river Nene in Cambridgeshire, by people whose wealth and lifestyle would still have seemed enviable to medieval peasants. Then six months later it was all over.

Disaster overwhelmed the people and they fled, leaving their clothing and jewellery, tools and furniture, their last meals abandoned in the cooking pots as they tumbled through the burning wicker floors into the water below. Nobody ever came back to retrieve the tonnes of expertly carpentered timbers and the masses of valuable possessions lying in shallow water, which over the centuries all sank together, hidden and preserved by the oozy silt......



https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/jul/14/uks-best-bronze-age-site-must-farm-dig-ends-analyis-continue-years
moss Posted by moss
15th July 2016ce
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