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Finistère (29) (Departement)

14,000 year old engraved 'tablets' discovered in France

Some forty prehistoric engravings, more than 14,000 years old, have been discovered in Finistere, at the town of Plougastel-Daoulas, in Brittany (northwestern France).
Depicting several animals, these artistic vestiges date back to the Upper Palaeolithic period and are extremely rare in Europe.


baza Posted by baza
23rd March 2017ce

The Netherlands (Country)

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.
LesHamilton Posted by LesHamilton
18th March 2017ce
Edited 19th March 2017ce

Highland (Mainland)

Pollen adds to intrigue over Bronze Age woman 'Ava'
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
7th March 2017ce

Grime's Graves (Ancient Mine / Quarry)

Grime's Graves to open a second pit to the public

A challenging descent by ladder, winch and harness into a prehistoric underworld will open to the public for the first time this year, allowing exploration of shafts and galleries cut deep under Norfolk heathland more than 4,000 years ago.

The extraordinary surface landscape of Grime’s Graves, pockmarked with hundreds of shallow depressions, puzzled people for many centuries until they were identified about 150 years ago as neolithic flint mines.

More at
thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
6th March 2017ce

Knap of Howar (Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork)

Orkney guided tour

Nicholas Cope, interpreter of The Knap of Howar and the Golden Mean ratio, leads a guided tour of all the prime Orkney sites, including the Knap, from 7 July. It's not cheap, but if you're interested, there's a link on his FB page.
Posted by tomatoman
6th March 2017ce
Edited 7th March 2017ce


Detectorists strike gold in Staffordshire field

"Two metal detecting friends have found a hoard of superb Iron Age gold jewellery after returning to a Staffordshire field where they previously found nothing and became so bored that they gave up the hobby and turned to fishing for 20 years.
The four Iron Age gold torcs – three collars and a bracelet-sized piece, including two made of twisted gold wire, two with trumpet shaped finials and one with beautiful Celtic ornament – are of international importance.
The pieces were made in present-day Germany or France, possibly in the third or fourth century BC and, according to Julia Farley of the British Museum, are some of the oldest examples of Iron Age gold, and of Celtic ornament, ever found in Britain. They could have arrived through trade or on the neck and arms of an extremely wealthy immigrant ...."
tjj Posted by tjj
28th February 2017ce


Women and children last .

A wee bit breathless in places , but the important points make up for it .
tiompan Posted by tiompan
26th February 2017ce

Maeshowe (Chambered Tomb)

Plans For New Orkney Visitor Centre Spark Road Safety Concerns For School

Nice pic!
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
20th February 2017ce


Late Bronze Age Weapons Discovery Hailed As 'Find Of A Lifetime'

What an absolute belter of a find!
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
15th February 2017ce

Lewis and Harris

Iron Age Burial Gives Insights Into Ancient Islanders
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
10th February 2017ce
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