domingo, 17 de noviembre de 2013

Twelve burnt mounds and Neolithic paddle found at wetland site (United Kingdom)

Archaeologists working on the Bradford Kaims Wetland Heritage Project in north Northumberland, United Kingdom and supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and English Heritage, have unearthed a series of hugely significant archaeological monuments forming a complex prehistoric landscape.
The latest season of work has revealed the presence of at least 12 ‘burnt mounds’ and four small artificial islands.
Neolithic paddle
Finds include prehistoric worked flint and pottery, included Carinated Bowl an extremely early prehistoric pottery. The most spectacular find of the excavation is a timber paddle that could date back some 6,000 years to the very beginning of the Neolithic period, the time of the first farmers. Paul Gething, Project Director said: “This find is of national and potentially international significance and is extremely rare as the first such find of this date identified in Europe. The paddle is currently in cold storage pending what we hope will be extensive further stages of research and conservation.”
Burnt mounds

The Bradford Kaims evaluations also doubles the known examples of burnt mounds in the region. Prehistoric burnt mounds are large piles of burnt stones with a wide variety of possible uses that range from simple cooking through to early brewing, sweat lodges, canoe building or early metal extraction. The Bradford Kaims T6 site is unique because it pre-dates any previous known burnt mound by over a thousand years. Burnt mounds are well known across the majority of Britain and Ireland but there were less than a dozen known in Northumberland prior to this exciting discovery.
The site has a rich diversity of artefacts and these are greatly enhanced by the presence of very rare organic finds, preserved due to the waterlogged nature of several areas. There is a huge amount of wood preserved just as it was thousands of years after being laid on the ground. Source: Bamburgh Research Project.

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