Neolithic Finds

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    World's Oldest Snowshoe Found in Alps

    The 5,800-year-old artifact was created in the late Neolithic age.

    The world's oldest snowshoe was found in the Italian Alps, near the border of Austria.

    The 5,800-year old artifact was described on Monday at a press conference in Bolzano, Italy, as belonging to the ancestors of Ötzi the Iceman, the 5,300-year-old ice mummy found 25 years ago near a melting glacier in the Ötztal Alps in South Tyrol.

    Simone Bartolini, a cartographer from the Military Geographical Institute in Florence, found the perfectly preserved snowshoe in the summer 2003, while doing a survey on the Gurgler Eisjoch glacier at 10,282 feet above sea level in the val Senales.

    "I thought it was a 100-year-old snowshoe that was lost by a farmer. I kept it in my office for years," Bartolini said.

    RELATED: 300-Year-Old 'Magic' Shoe Found in U.K. College Wall

    Only last year, after talking to Angelika Fleckinger, director of the South Tyrolean Museum of Archaeology, Bartolini realized the artifact could have been much older.

    Indeed, carbon dating from two labs determined the snowshoe was created in the late Neolithic age, between 3,800 and 3,700 BC.

    The artifact was made entirely from birch wood, bending a 5-foot-long branch to an oval frame measuring 13 inches in diameter. Several strands were stretched inside the frame. ...

    http://www.seeker.com/worlds-oldest-snowshoe-found-in-the-alps-2003353928.html
     
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    https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/sep/17/rock-art-amateur-archaeologist-scotland
     
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    ‘Ancient passage tomb’ found beneath Dublin’s Hellfire Club
    Tomb uncovered on site of former lodge where ‘young bucks of Dublin’ gathered

    Wed, Oct 19, 2016, 12:28 Updated: Wed, Oct 19, 2016, 12:37

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    An archaeological excavation at the Hellfire Club in the Dublin mountains has uncovered what is believed to be an ancient passage tomb. Photograph: Abarta Heritage

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    An archaeological excavation at the Hellfire Club - the popular Dublin viewing spot on Montpelier Hill in the Dublin mountains - has uncovered what is believed to be an ancient passage tomb.

    Archaeologists working at the site near Tallaght
    in South County Dublin believe the large tomb discovered beneath the remains of the former lodge was once a large passage tomb similar to the tomb at Newgrange.

    It is believed the passage tomb, which was destroyed by workmen building the Hellfire Club shooting lodge in 1725, would have once been a large circular mound with a stone line passageway that led to a burial chamber. This type of tomb generally dates to around 5,000 years ago during the Neolithic period.

    Archaeologists taking part in the dig believe the tomb is part of an extended cemetery of tombs that top a number of mountains in south Dublin andWicklow.

    The shooting lodge was built in the 18th century for politician William Connolly. However, the destruction of the tomb during the building’s construction is said to mark the beginning of the lodge’s association with the supernatural. Legend has it that the devil was so angered by the tomb’s destruction that he blew off the original wooden roof of the new building. Mr Connolly responded by reconstructing the roof in stone.

    Mr Connolly never lived in his lodge as he died a few years after its construction. His widow, Katherine, leased the building to Richard Parsons, the Earl of Rossee and one of the leading figures in what was known as “Dublin’s Hellfire Club”, “The Blasters” or the “Young Bucks of Dublin” - a group of aristocrats described by Jonathan Swift as “a brace of Monsters, Blasphemers and Bacchanalians”.

    The project, which is supported by South Dublin County Council and Coillte, is being carried out by Neil Jackman from Abarta Heritage with the help of volunteers from the UCD School of Archaeology. ...

    http://www.irishtimes.com/news/irel...est&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=news_digest
     
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    A statuette which Greek archaeologists are calling a "7,000-year-old enigma" has gone on show in the National Archaeological Museum in Athens.

    The bird-like object was carved from granite - without the benefit of metal tools, as it dates from the Final Neolithic period.

    The 36cm (14in) statuette has a pointed nose, round belly and cylindrical legs.

    But it has mystified archaeologists, who do not know exactly what it is or where it came from.

    The museum says the figure is asexual, with no sign of breasts or genitals.

    But it says it is difficult to say whether that is a result of the challenge of carving granite without metal tools, or whether it was deliberate and could tell us something about the place of gender in Neolithic society.

    The piece is on display until 26 March as part of the Unseen Museum display, a temporary exhibition of some 200,000 antiquities held in the museum vaults and not on permanent show. ...

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-38967924?ocid=socialflow_twitter
     
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    Source: https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2017/05/rice-domestication/528288/
     
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    Neolithic settlement found in Iran.

    Evidence of short-term settlement has been found around Ganj Darreh Mound, Kermanshah Province, which apparently dates back to the Pre-Pottery era.

    Research Institute of Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization (ICHHTO) quoted head of the excavation team in the mound in Harsin, western Iran, Hojjat Darabi as saying that the exploration is being conducted with the aim of determining the date of the settlement in the area and acquiring information about the start of agricultural and livestock activities in the central Zagros region, IRNA reported.

    He added the exploration depends on creating a stratigraphical cut on top of the mound and in the vicinity of earlier excavations conducted by Canadian Philip Smith.

    Darabi pointed to the studies conducted at depths of about two meters of the upper deposits during the current stratigraphy which has led to the identification and registration of adobe and clay architectural remnants.

    The archeologist referred to the identification of evidence of short-term settlement around Ganj Darreh Mound, which seems to belong to the Pre-Pottery Neolithic era and newer than the existing settlement on the hill itself....

    Read more at https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blog...lement-discovered-in.html#0CTPy3Rt2oT20TTp.99
     
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    Another find in Mayo.

    A cave-like chamber discovered by a hill walker in north west Mayo has been confirmed as a Neolithic site used in highly complex burial practices over 5,000 years ago.

    Scientific analysis for the Department of Heritage indicates that at least 10 people, both adults and children, were placed in the chamber over a period of up to 1,200 years.

    One of the adult bones in the natural boulder chamber dated to 3,600 BC while a bone from a child’s skeleton dated to 2,400 BC.

    Minister for Heritage Josepha Madigan praised local hillwalkers for reporting the find and described it as a “fascinating archaeological discovery”. Ms Madigan said “such vigilance is extremely important to us in helping to protect and understand our archaeological heritage”. ...

    https://www.irishtimes.com/news/pol...-find-is-5-000-year-old-burial-site-1.3361581
     
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    Neolithic Monument Found Near Windsor

     
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    I remember pictures of the Japanese doing this (heads-skulls on poles) during WW2 after talking over Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong. Some things never change, the bloody bastards.
     
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    It's not unusual in modern times, just not seen much with hunter gatherers they say.
     
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    Haven't seen anything about this posted yet, and the orbs themselves are completely new to me,

    https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/what-are-scotlands-carved-balls
     
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    I tend to suspect these orbs represent multiple types of similarly-configured objects that may have been designed for different uses (including serving merely as ornamental / artistic objects).

    I like the theory that some may have been used as elaborate forms of dice. However, not all the knobbly orbs are configured in such a way as to ensure a particular 'knob' or face will be presented 'up', or even 'uniquely topmost' if rolled or thrown.

    In a similar vein ... I can recall seeing examples of antique and more modern such spherical weighted shapes with protrusions used within a contained space (pot, barrel, etc.) to mash or disintegrate materials (e.g., plant matter). The protrusions serve to focus the spheroid's weight on impact. However, it doesn't seem reasonable to carve elaborate decorations into such utilitarian items.
     
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    News update on the 'knobbly orbs' ... Here's another overview article about the orbs / balls. The news is that 3D renderings of the objects are now available online.

    FULL STORY: https://www.livescience.com/62843-enigmatic-stone-balls-scotland.html

    3D MODELS: https://sketchfab.com/hugoandersonwhymark/collections/carved-stone-balls-and-sculpted-stones
     
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    These are western plains Indians war clubs.

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    A henge and an aurochs.

    Archaeologists have unearthed a "phenomenal" Neolithic henge along the cable route for a £2.5bn wind farm.

    Experts have said the large ceremonial complex in Suffolk is a discovery of "international significance".

    Scottish Power Renewables said it was altering the 23-mile cable route around the area as a result of the find.

    East Anglia One is being built 30 miles (48km) off the coast and the site at Woodbridge is one of 50 excavation sites along the cable route.

    Archaeologists have also found the remains of an aurochs, a prehistoric cow.

    Project manager Vinny Monahan said the findings were "phenomenal".

    https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-suffolk-44455266
     
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    Hopes rise for new finds at Newgrange.

    The first research excavations at Newgrange, Co Meath in more than 30 years have begun, after a geophysical survey showed what could prove to be an “extraordinary monument”.

    The find at the world heritage site has been described as “the most definite, complex and ordered feature ever seen in a geophysical survey in Ireland”, according to DCU medieval historian and archaeologist Dr Matthew Stoutwho is leading the dig with his wife, Boyne Valley archaeologist Dr Geraldine Stout.

    The four-week excavations began last week and it may be another week before the team of 18 archaeologists uncover anything of real significance. “It was a lot deeper than we expected, about a metre down,” Dr Matthew Stout said.

    A survey conducted in 2015 by geophysicist Joanna Leigh, to investigate the feasibility of renovating the old tourist office at Newgrange, clearly identified the substantial site at the back of Newgrange Farm.

    It suggested numerous large pits, forming two parallel sets extending over 75m, indicating an ancient processional way to Newgrange. The entrance way and perpendicular pits form a passage or corridor, which ends precisely due south of the entrance to Newgrange passage tomb. “It is a huge monument,” said Dr Stout, suggesting “a Neolithic communal routeway”.

    https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/...ted-to-reveal-an-extraordinary-find-1.3560484
     

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