October 9, 2010

Exceptionally preserved early Bronze Age burial near Perth (Scotland)

Another Archaeo News' link, this time to The Courier.

An exceptionally preserved burial just south of Perth, Scotland, has been dug by archaeologists. The excellent sealing of the tomb made possible that some organic materials have arrived to us, including a leather bag, unidentified wooden objects and plant matter. The tomb also had a bronze dagger with a golden hilt and the capstone is engraved in the inside, suggesting it was the resting place of some princely individual.

The site of Forteviot seems to have been a most important ceremonial and burial place up to the Pictish period, suggestive of pre-Indoeuropean roots for this mysterious northern people. This particular tomb was discovered in 2008 but they could not investigate it until they organized the resources to lift the capstone, what has been done only this year.

It is estimated that the burial dates from some 4000 years ago, at the very beginnings of the Bronze Age.

The researchers also investigated part of a massive timber enclosure which was made up of some 200 huge timber posts.

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