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The Fylingdales Stone



Unique Rock Find Amongst Archaeology Yielded by Moorland Fire

From an article by Richard Moss, published on on 20th December 2004:
Archaeologists are pondering one of the most intriguing archaeological discoveries for some years after a fire revealed a unique carved stone thought to be 4,000 years old.

The find came to light after a blaze in 2003 at Fylingdales near Whitby consumed two and a half square kilometres of heather moorland before being brought under control by hundreds of fire fighters and a water-dumping helicopter.

However, in the fire's aftermath archaeologists were astonished to find a vast array of archaeological remains – uncovered by the intensity of the blaze, which burnt away much of the peat.

"The fire had a devastating impact, but it also revealed an astonishing archaeological landscape," said Neil Redfern, English Heritage Inspector of Ancient Monuments.
Read the full article on the 24 Hour Museum web site or see the BBC article about the same news item.
Kammer Posted by Kammer
20th December 2004ce
Edited 18th January 2005ce

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