6,000-year-old ’Halls of the Dead’ unearthed in England
By Tia Ghose | NBCNews
Archaeologists have unearthed two nearly 6,000-year-old burial mounds and the remains of two massive buildings in England.
The two wooden long-buildings, or halls, were burnt to the ground; the ashes were then shoveled in to make burial mounds.
"The buildings seemed to have been deliberately burned down," said Julian Thomas, the archaeologist leading the excavation and a professor at the University of Manchester.
Excavations at Dorstone Hill in the UK revealed a nearly 6,000-year-old set of burial mounds that were created from the ashes of an ancient longhall.
Researchers believe these halls of the living may have been transformed into "halls of the dead" after a leader or important social figure died.
The find was uncovered in an open field near Dorstone Hill, Herefordshire in the UK. For decades, amateur archaeologists have noticed pieces of flint blades in the area and wondered whether the land there contained relics of a long-forgotten time.
When Thomas and his team began excavating, they found two large burial mounds, or barrows, that could have held anywhere from seven to 30 people each.
The smaller barrow contained a 23-foot-long (7 meters) mortuary chamber with sockets for two huge tree trunks. Digging deeper, the researchers uncovered postholes, ash from the timbers, and charred clay from the walls of an ancient structure.
These burnt remains came from what were once two long-halls, the biggest of which was up to 230 feet (70 m) long, with aisles delineated by wooden posts and several internal spaces.
Though it’s not clear exactly who built the halls and barrows, the building construction is similar to that found in England between 4000 B.C. and 3600 B.C, predating the construction of Stonehenge by up to 1,000 years.
The burial mounds were made from the charred remains of two massive halls. Here, a reconstruction of what one of the halls would have looked like.
Read the full article at: nbcnews.com
Early Human Burials Varied Widely but Most Were Simple
Ancient Burial Shroud Made of Surprising Material, Scientists Find
From Pits to Palaces: The Evolution of Prehistoric Burial Customs in Ancient Egypt
Unique Burial: Bizarre ’cow woman’ found in Anglo-Saxon dig
Crypts and Catacombs Photos
Bizarre Catacombs, Death Cult? Capuchin Catacombs of Palermo, Italy
Human hearts with couples’ photos pinned to them found in Colma cemetery
Stonehenge started as huge graveyard, say researchers
Ancient tomb found at ’Sweden’s Stonehenge’
Stone Age Temple in Orkney 800 years older than Stonehenge
Latest News from our Front Page
Trump Goes #Cuckservative on Immigration
For weeks, the media have trumpeted the supposed death of the Trump campaign. First, they claimed, Trump’s campaign imploded on launch thanks to his comments about illegal immigration. Then they claimed that Trump was finished because of his slap at Senator’s (R-AZ) war service. But neither of those comments alienated Trump’s base – he’s maintained his seven point lead over ...
Bombshell: CDC destroyed vaccine documents, Congressman reveals
“…the [CDC] co-authors scheduled a meeting to destroy documents related to the [MMR vaccine] study. The remaining four co-authors all met and brought a big garbage can into the meeting room and reviewed and went through all the hard copy documents that we had thought we should discard and put them in a huge garbage can.” (William Thompson, CDC researcher)
Who Needs a Billboard? New Ads of the Future Will Be Beamed Directly into Your Head
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to randomly come down with a touch of schizophrenia?
Probably not. Or if you did, it was probably in a nightmare.
Well now, with the help of a little futuristic technology, companies who just can’t get over themselves long enough to respect your privacy for one second can make your worst nightmares come ...
Forget About The Apple Watch, Implantables Are Coming
That is right, the implantable. In the past decade of tech innovation, connectivity has been the name of the game. Call your friend in the middle of the night in Antarctica. Facetime with your sister on vacation in India. Talk about the movie you saw with friends in London. Anything is possible with the push of a button and now ...
"Too many white people" in Pittsburgh says government official
According to Abby Wilson, the deputy director of the Department of Health’s Bureau of Public Policy and Community Relations in Allegheny County, there are too many White people in Pittsburgh.
She left Pittsburgh to work in South Africa and then study in the Netherlands, but now that she’s back, she wants to change it.
“My two main gripes (about Pittsburgh) are: too ...
|More News » |