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County Donegal

Hoard of the Rings - Bronze Age treasure on display

The heaviest intact prehistoric gold hoard ever found in Ireland has gone on public display at the
Donegal County Museum in Letterkenny.

ryaner Posted by ryaner
19th November 2019ce


Bush Barrow dagger studs - gold analysis

The results are now in! Did the Bronze Age gold, found in a burial close to Stonehenge, came from Britain, Ireland or Brittany.
Located close to Stonehenge, Bush Barrow is Britain's richest Bronze Age burial. The most remarkable discovery was a gold-studded dagger pommel, set with thousands of microscopic gold studs thinner than a human hair. Using a recently developed scientific technique, Dr Chris Standish of Southampton University, has identified the most likely source of the gold used to make this amazing object - answering a question that has puzzled archaeologists for decades?

Dr Standish has developed a metallurgical technique that analyses the proportions of different isotopes within the lead impurities in the gold. These proportions were compared with information about gold from known sources in Ireland, Cornwall, Wales and Brittany. A single gold stud was used for the analysis using X-ray Fluorescence - a non-destructive technique.
The blade of the Bush Barrow dagger is of a type found in both Brittany and Britain and gold-studded pommels have been found on both sides of the English Channel. Some archaeologists have thought that the dagger pommel was made in Brittany as more have been found in Brittany but the craft skills needed to make the dagger pommel are higher than used in any other goldwork in either Britain or France at this early date.

The dagger was buried with a Chieftain who died in about 1950BC at a time when Stonehenge was at the centre of an internationally important ceremonial landscape - the sarsen stone trilithons were erected in about 2,500BC and the bluestones from Wales were placed in their final positions at the site in about 1,600BC before Stonehenge finally went out of use in about 1,500BC.

Analysis undertaken 30 years ago of gold objects from burials in the Stonehenge landscape suggested that the gold used came from Ireland. Analysis by Dr Standish of gold objects found in Ireland has shown that many are made of gold from Cornwall (see this article in the Independent by David Keys) and gold from Cornwall was also used in the famous Nebra Sky Disk found in Germany and displayed at the State Museum of Prehistory in Halle (see this article about the analysis of the Sky Disk).
tjj Posted by tjj
18th November 2019ce

Knocknarea (Cairn(s))

Conservation plan required for cairn of Queen Maeve atop Knocknarea

A meeting of Sligo County Council has heard there is an incredible amount of damage being done to one of the most significant historic monuments in the country, the stone cairn over Queen Maeve’s grave on the summit of Knocknarea.

Sinn Fein Councillor Chris MacManus says a small number of people climb on top of the cairn while Fine Gael Councillor Sinead Maguire says people can be seen coming down the mountain carrying rocks from the cairn.

A local resident in the area also told Ocean FM News recently that some people have been digging up quartz stones from around the base of the cairn.

More (including a short poscast):
ryaner Posted by ryaner
13th November 2019ce

The Rollright Stones (Stone Circle)

Rollright Stones road widening plan criticised

should make parking and crossing the road interesting for visitors. :(

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scubi63 Posted by scubi63
13th November 2019ce

Dun Torcuill (Broch)

North Uist Iron Age site damage investigated by police

Police are investigating a reported unauthorised excavation at an Iron Age site in the Western Isles.

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drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
13th November 2019ce

South Ronaldsay

Whale bone DNA gives new clues to Iron Age Orkney life

When they first unearthed the container near a broch at South Ronaldsay, archaeologists knew it was a hollowed out whale vertebra.

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drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
6th November 2019ce

Battle Hill (Hillfort)

Archaeologists return to Aberdeenshire woodland to dig into region’s prehistory

Archaeologists have returned to an Aberdeenshire woodland to uncover further secrets and shed light on what life was like for north-east peoples thousands of years ago.

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drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
5th November 2019ce

Boyne Valley Complex

Archaeologists say they've discovered what could be Neolithic log boats near Newgrange

The river bed of the Boyne is being searched by archaeologists.

ARCHAEOLOGISTS HAVE IDENTIFIED what could be Neolithic log boats as well as boulders, perhaps intended to be used in the building of Newgrange or Knowth, in the river bed of the Boyne, near to the famous monuments.

ryaner Posted by ryaner
4th November 2019ce

Southern England

London Treasure - Havering
Howburn Digger Posted by Howburn Digger
21st October 2019ce

Highland (Mainland)

Orkney link to Pictish man buried in Highland cave

His genetics were found to be most similar to other Iron Age individuals from the Knowe of Skea in Westray in Orkney.

More info :
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
19th October 2019ce
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