domingo, 8 de junio de 2014

4,000 years of activity uncovered in Aberdeenshire (Escocia)

Finds from an excavation in Aberdeenshire (northeast Scotland) include 4,000-year-old pottery from the early Bronze Age, the remains of timber roundhouses, evidence of Iron Age smithing and domestic life.
Aberdeen City Council commissioned AECOM and Headland Archaeology to carry out an archaeological investigation ahead of construction work for a car park and link road where the remains have been uncovered.
potheadlandIn total, the team discovered evidence of industrial, agricultural and domestic activity dating from the early Bronze Age (2300BC) through to the 1800s.

Prehistoric occupation

Archaeologist Steve Thomson said: “Domestic occupation in the area has been found in the form of the remains of timber constructed roundhouses, with hearths and remnants of compacted floor and activity surfaces, which so far seem to indicate prolonged occupation on the same site, with phases of rebuilding occurring.
“The site appears to have been significant over a 2,000 year period with Iron Age occupation and evidence of smithing and domestic life. Partial quern stones, used for grinding cereal crops, have been found along with metal working residues and pits containing teh debris and rubbish of every day life.”

Medieval farming

Medieval agricultural activity has also been discovered and later rig and furrow field systems, with the remains of possible farm buildings.
Councillor Barney Crockett, convener of Enterprise, Strategic Planning and Infrastructure said “The discoveries made by the team of archaeologists during this dig are very exciting. I think the people of Aberdeen and much further afield will be absolutely fascinated by what has been discovered and keen to see some of the finds for themselves.”
Headland Archaeology commented that “There is a wonderful jigsaw of people working and living within a landscape, which seems to have provided all they needed right up to the present day, and the pieces of that jigsaw are allowing the archaeological team to truly see the picture.

Sense of place

The continuity of use of the land is remarkable. Clearly a sense of place was important, not purely for practical reasons. Seeing the landscape, even today, helps the team understand why it was a focus for such long, continued use. It is genuinely exciting to be so close and even walk on surfaces our predecessors used thousands of years ago.
The site has real regional significance and adds much to a wider understanding of early habitation in the area. Whilst there is still much to do once the excavation has been completed, to fully understand the picture, the team has welcomed the opportunity to begin to tell a real story of early life in Aberdeen.

Source: Past Horizons:

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