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Dig to uncover rare undisturbed Bronze Age burial

#1  Postby DougC » Jul 10, 2016 4:00 pm

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-36756107

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An archaeological dig is under way on what experts say is a rare undisturbed Bronze Age burial mound in Lancashire.
Digging got under way this week at the site near Morecambe Bay, which was found by metal detectors, and is being excavated under expert supervision.
Archaeologists believe the site has remained untouched by ploughing or by the trowels of 19th and 20th Century antiquarians.
The excavation is being crowdfunded through the company DigVentures.
The site is thought to be a Bronze Age barrow, a circular mound often surrounded by a ditch. These round barrows can be found across Britain and were constructed between 2,200 BC and 1,100 BC.
They functioned as places of burial, but may also have been sites where ritual practices were carried out. However, many have been destroyed over the course of centuries by human activity such as farming.

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Re: Dig to uncover rare undisturbed Bronze Age burial

#2  Postby tuco » Jul 10, 2016 4:14 pm

That's before or after mongrels came in?

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The archaeologists will take precautions to prevent contamination of any burial so that ancient DNA can potentially be retrieved.
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Re: Dig to uncover rare undisturbed Bronze Age burial

#3  Postby Fallible » Jul 10, 2016 4:29 pm

DougC wrote:http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-36756107

B.B.C. Article
An archaeological dig is under way on what experts say is a rare undisturbed Bronze Age burial mound in Lancashire.
Digging got under way this week at the site near Morecambe Bay, which was found by metal detectors, and is being excavated under expert supervision.
Archaeologists believe the site has remained untouched by ploughing or by the trowels of 19th and 20th Century antiquarians.
The excavation is being crowdfunded through the company DigVentures.
The site is thought to be a Bronze Age barrow, a circular mound often surrounded by a ditch. These round barrows can be found across Britain and were constructed between 2,200 BC and 1,100 BC.
They functioned as places of burial, but may also have been sites where ritual practices were carried out. However, many have been destroyed over the course of centuries by human activity such as farming.

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Re: Dig to uncover rare undisturbed Bronze Age burial

#4  Postby Greyman » Jul 11, 2016 10:44 am

The excavation is being crowdfunded through the company DigVentures.
Wait. Huh? It is being what by who now?

Ooh. :thumbup:

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Re: Dig to uncover rare undisturbed Bronze Age burial

#5  Postby Briton » Jul 12, 2016 7:50 am

Fascinating stuff.

The Bronze Age is known to have been a period of great change across Europe; it coincided not only with a revolution in metal-working, but also with dramatic cultural shifts


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