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Bronze Age tomb found near Perth . . .
« on: January 26, 2010, 11:53:19 AM »
By Sasjkia Otto

Archaeologists have discovered a 4,000-year-old Bronze Age tomb and artefacts at the site of the Pictish Kingdom royal centre in Forteviot near Perth in Scotland.

The find is "of both national and international importance,” according to Dr Gordon Noble of the University of Aberdeen, who is co-directing the excavation with Professor Stephen Driscoll and Dr Kenneth Brophy of the University of Glasgow.

It lies at the heart of Scotland’s largest pre-historic ritual ceremonial complex and is likely to give groundbreaking insight into the Bronze Age, which started around 2,000 BC in Britain when bronze tools and weapons were brought over from continental Europe.

 

"The insides of the grave, tightly sealed under a four-ton stone slab, remained well preserved. “It’s very exciting,” said Dr Noble. “We had a hunch there was going to be a grave, but we didn’t expect it to be this rich or well-preserved.”

Archaeologists made the discovery when they used a crane to remove a stone slab they had discovered in 2008.

The deceased appears to have been laid on a bed of white quartz pebbles with more than a dozen personal possessions. These include a bronze dagger, gold band, leather bag, wooden objects and plant matter, which could have been floral tributes.

“Organic materials are particularly exciting, because organic material rarely survives that long,” said Dr Brophy. He hopes that studying these will help archaeologists discover new information about Bronze Age life and -economy.

The grave was constructed within an earlier Stone Age “henge” monument with carvings depicting a battle axe or ceremonial mace head never before discovered in Britain. This, for the first time, shows that the use of Stone Age monuments continued into the Bronze Age.

The quality of the materials indicates the deceased was an important tribal leader or religious figure. “There’s been a great amount of effort put into the construction of the grave for this person,” said Dr Noble.

“In terms of preservation, location and scale, this tomb is unparalleled in Britain,” said Dr Noble. It is believed that Forteviot became a Pictish royal centre in the eighth or ninth century because of its revered ancient monuments. The project is continuing on site and in Edinburgh where archaeologists are examining finds under laboratory conditions.


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Re: Bronze Age tomb found near Perth . . .
« Reply #1 on: February 09, 2010, 07:13:37 PM »
I was lucky enough to be present working on this site before and after the capping stone was removed.The archaeological teams present were working on three different  sites at the time.Everyone working on these excavations sites, stopped working, to witness the removal of the capping stone.Once the stone was removed,we were given permission to form a line, and then, single have a look into the cist burial . What a wonderful experience it was for everyone.  Dr Campbell was the person who discovered the decoration on the capping stone . I will treasure these moments forever more..

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Re: Bronze Age tomb found near Perth . . .
« Reply #2 on: February 09, 2010, 07:37:13 PM »
No wonder you chose Lucky as your user name.A once in a lifetime opportunity to get a glimpse into the past.How many more hidden treasures are there out there???.
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Re: Bronze Age tomb found near Perth . . .
« Reply #3 on: February 23, 2010, 08:22:04 AM »
Dr Tessa Poller,Glasgow University, gave two lectures at the TAYSIDE & FIFE ARCHAEOLOGICAL CONFERENCE a few months after excavations at the cist burial had finished. Some of the artefacts recovered from inside the burial tomb  ,plant material for example,  had been analysed and it was becoming clear that new information was being discovered. Indeed from this burial we should learn a lot more information regarding what took place during this particular burial.New information will become known concerning burial practise during this period from this very important site.The Tayside & Fife Archaeological Conference is an annual event which takes place at a different venue each year. The Dewars Centre Perth held this years event,November 2009,previous venues have been Dundee and St. Andrews Universities.

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Re: Bronze Age tomb found near Perth . . .
« Reply #4 on: February 23, 2010, 09:06:14 PM »
sounds a good experience lucky would love to do somthing like that  :)