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Rings Hundreds of ancient earthworks resembling those at Stonehenge were built in the Amazon rainforest, scientists have discovered after flying drones over the area. The findings prove for the first time that prehistoric settlers in Brazil cleared large wooded areas to create huge enclosures meaning that the ‘pristine’ rainforest celebrated by ecologists is actually relatively new. The ditched enclosures, in Acre state in the western Brazilian Amazon, have been concealed for centuries by trees, but modern deforestation has allowed to emerge from the undergrowth. They were discovered after scientists from the UK and Brazil flew drones over last year. The earliest phases at Stonhenge consisted of a similarly layed-out enclosure. The enclosures are unlikely to represent the border of villages, since archaeologists have recovered very few artefacts during excavation. It is thought they were used only sporadically, perhaps as ritual gathering places, as they have no defensive features such as post holes for fences.

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The reconstruction drawing by Cecily Marshall give an idea of how the site would have appeared in the mid- 3rd to late 4th century. The farmstead does not appear to have an Iron Age predecessor and instead emerged in the 2nd century AD. Albion Archaeology drawings by Cecily Marshall Roman villas have an enduring appeal but, glamorous as they are, such complexes and their attendant lifestyle should not be taken to represent normality in Roman Britain.

A newly published monograph on rural settlement seeks to redress the balance and illuminate the experiences of the majority of the population — as Chris Catling reports. This is a guesstimate rather than an established fact, but in the s it is thought that archaeologists excavated a lot more high-status Roman villas and grand townhouses than messy and insubstantial rural sites.

Even so, the individuals who dug those stonewalled villas were well aware that they were looking at the structures of a particular moment in time, built for and inhabited by a particular class of individual.

Way Victor (formerly Way Victoria), located near Roundwood, County Wicklow, Ireland, is a remarkable private meditation garden for its black granite sculptures. The 9-hectare property includes a number of small lakes and wooded areas. A plaque at the entrance indicates that the park is dedicated to the cryptographer Alan Turing.

Burials have been recorded at a number of excavated henges, both pre-dating the henge and as a result of secondary reuse. Their chronological overlap with older structures makes it difficult to classify them as a coherent tradition. They seem to take the concept of creating a space separate from the outside world one step further than the causewayed enclosure , and they focus attention on an internal point. In some cases, the construction of the bank and ditch was a stage that followed other activity on the site.

At Balfarg , North Mains and Cairnpapple , for example, earlier cremations and deliberate smashing of pottery predate the enclosure. Concentrations of henges occur over much of Britain. Orkney Cunliffe and Wessex Burl have both been suggested as the original provenance of the monument type; however, others remain unconvinced Barclay Unlike earlier enclosure monuments, henges were not usually built on hilltops but on low-lying ground, often close to watercourses and good agricultural land.

Some scholars, such as the editors of the edition of the Penguin Dictionary of Archaeology Bray and Trump, , have claimed that henges are unique to the British Isles. They state that similar, much earlier, circles on the Continent, such as Goseck circle which has no bank in any case , and later ones such as Goloring are not proper “henges”. But The Penguin Archaeological Guide Bahn, does not comment on geographical locations for henges.

Excavated henge ditch on Wyke Down Dorset. The ditch was originally dug as Causewayed enclosure and may therefore not be a henge. Julian Cope , in The Megalithic European, [11] proposes that the henge was a regional development from the Europe-wide causewayed enclosure.

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Before the fort[ edit ] Maiden Castle from the north Before the hill fort was built, a Neolithic causewayed enclosure was constructed on the site. Instead the ditches may have been symbolic, separating the interior of the enclosure and its activities from the outside. The interior of the enclosure has been disturbed by later habitation and farming.

The site does not appear to have been inhabited, although a grave containing the remains of two children, aged 6—7, has been discovered.

The possible existence of a causewayed enclosure – a type of site extremely rare north of the Wash – at Sprouston (Figure c) has already been noted; others are suspected to exist at Hasting Hill, Tyne & Wear (Newman ) and at South Shields, Tyne and Wear, below the Roman fort of Arbeia, where ditch terminals were excavated (Hodgson et al.

The London update Over the last two years Cotswold Archaeology has been working on the wreck of the London, an important 17th century warship lying in the Thames Estuary. The shipwreck is actively eroding and our project involves the excavation of material at risk on the Protected Wreck site. Diver enters the water The evaluation resulted in the discovery of a fantastic array of well-preserved finds and a complete gun carriage. Frequent diving on the wreck site by the licencee team which followed the evaluation showed that the gun carriage was at risk from erosion, and so we returned to site this year in order to raise the gun carriage from the seabed to save it from further deterioration.

Work began on Sunday 9th August. The team of divers, working from the boat Jumbo run by Predator Charters Marine Ltd, started work on excavating the area around the gun carriage. The small area excavated produced masses of finds, perfectly demonstrating the ideal preservation conditions provided by the estuary silts. Large timbers to fragile glass vessels were brought up from the seabed on the first day. A base off a glass vessel The second day of diving revealed yet more finds, including large numbers of linstocks, used for lighting the cannon.

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Location[ edit ] Finding Carrowmore: Follow route Strandhill R Take the right exit at Ransboro roundabout, centre is 1 km further on, on the right. Approaching from the north N15 , cross Hughes Bridge in Sligo town, and at the 5th set of traffic lights after the bridge turn right onto Church Hill.

Located at Larkhill, Wiltshire, the newly found “causewayed” enclosure, dating from around BC, is in an area covered by modern military buildings and other installations. Its discovery strongly suggests that the remains of other important prehistoric monuments probably still survive undetected in the area.

Burials have been recorded at a number of excavated henges, both pre-dating the henge and as a result of secondary reuse. Their chronological overlap with older structures makes it difficult to classify them as a coherent tradition. They seem to take the concept of creating a space separate from the outside world one step further than the causewayed enclosure , and they focus attention on an internal point. In some cases, the construction of the bank and ditch was a stage that followed other activity on the site.

At Balfarg , North Mains and Cairnpapple , for example, earlier cremations and deliberate smashing of pottery predate the enclosure. Concentrations of henges occur over much of Britain. Orkney Cunliffe and Wessex Burl have both been suggested as the original provenance of the monument type; however, others remain unconvinced Barclay Unlike earlier enclosure monuments, henges were not usually built on hilltops but on low-lying ground, often close to watercourses and good agricultural land.

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The commonest manifestation of early Neolithic occupation, however, comes in the form of pits, groups of pits and associated spreads containing sherds, occasional flint tools and debitage, coarse stone tools and stone axe heads, together with burnt material including charred emmer wheat, and some barley and oats and on occasions some small fragments of burnt bone.

The discovery of Carinated Bowl pottery and leaf-shaped flint arrowheads in the sandhills at Hedderwick, East Lothian Callander , 67 indicates that here, as in east Scotland, Early Neolithic activities included those relating to the coast. The nature of these activities needs to be clarified, however. And in north-east England, the discovery of flint tools eroding from peat shelves in inter-tidal settings such as the Neolithic forest beds at Druridge Bay, Northumberland, is a reminder that some evidence for Early Neolithic activity will have been drowned by sea level rise.

The enclosure is less than 1km away from a smaller single causewayed circuit to the south and only 80m away from Etton Woodgate causewayed enclosure to the west. These three sites are the earliest elements in an extensive and long-lived monument complex in the Welland Valley.

Coves are a group of three to five stones that form an squared enclosure within stone circles and Henge. An opening between the stones, oriented south east is also a feature. The Avebury cove Photo: Right , is recorded to have once had a third stone which completed the cove and faced the existing slender “male” stone. This fell in and was destroyed, just before Stuckley’s drawing in Other examples include the following: The Henge at Avebury was originally 17m 55ft high from ditch bottom to bank top with a perimeter of over 1km.

What was the Function of a Henge? This has led several people to suggest that they served ‘Ritual’ purposes, although this by no means pinpoints their exact nature. Burl is of the opinion that they were meeting places. He said of them ‘The width of the henge entrances argues against their orientation being for astronomical observation unless there had been a sighting post or stone outside them’. Instead they could have directed the eye towards hills or mountains of special importance to the builders’.

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Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society Volume: In the later Bronze Age enclosures and cremation cemeteries were constructed immediately to the east, followed by Iron Age enclosures and, ultimately, field systems dating to the later Iron Age onwards. A radiocarbon programme enabled the chronological sequence and hiatus between all of these events to be discerned, but the majority of this paper explores the physical, chronological, and social relationship between the two Neolithic causewayed enclosures.

These were of different forms and, although on the same hilltop, they each seem to have had distinctly different viewsheds over the Thames and the Swale respectively.

A radiocarbon programme enabled the chronological sequence and hiatus between all of these events to be discerned, but the majority of this paper explores the physical, chronological, and social relationship between the two Neolithic causewayed enclosures.

The hill itself is an outcrop, on the southwestern corner of Cranborne Chase. It is owned by the National Trust and its earliest occupation was in the Neolithic when a pair of causewayed enclosures were dug at the top of the hill, one smaller than the other. They were linked by a bank and ditch running northwest—southeast, two long barrows, one 68 m in length, also stood within the complex and a third enclosure is now known to underlie later earthworks.

In all, the area of activity covered more than 1 km2, excavations in the s and s by Roger Mercer produced large quantities of Neolithic material. Environmental analysis indicated the site was occupied whilst the area was wooded with forest clearances coming later. The charcoal recovered seems to have come from timber lacing within the Neolithic earthworks, radiocarbon analysis gives a date of BC. At least one skeleton, of a man killed by an arrow was found, seemingly connected with the burning of the timber defences.

A single grape pip and a fragment is evidence of vine cultivation. The ditches of the enclosures also contained significant quantities of pottery as well as red deer antler picks used to excavate them, human skulls had been placed right at the bottom of one of the enclosure ditches possibly as a dedicatory or ancestral offering. Animal bone analysis suggests that most of the meat was consumed in summer and early autumn.

Different material was found in different areas of the site suggesting that Hambledon Hill was divided up into zones of activity, little remains of the Neolithic activity and the site is more easily identified as a prime example of an Iron Age hill fort.

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Subsequent excavation revealed that this cist had a number of unusual features. The cist slabs had been fitted together exceptionally well and the completed cist was designed to be re-opened by the removal of a side slab. Within the chamber, access was provided to the opening side of the cist and a relieving structure was built over its capstone. The cist contained cremation and inhumation burials that had been inserted on more than one occasion; as its builders intended.

The resulting dating project included over 35 enclosures – the largest study so far attempted in a Bayesian framework. This establishes a new chronology for causewayed and related enclosures in southern Britain, which appeared in the final decades of the 38th century cal BC, increased in number dramatically in the 37th century cal BC, and began.

On This Day Neolithic and Bronze Ages Following the end of the last Ice Age, around 10, years ago, the levels of the North Sea began to rise as waters formerly locked up in great ice sheets melted. Sometime after about BC the last dry ‘land bridge’ from Lincolnshire and East Anglia to Holland was taken over by salt marsh. By BC even the marshes had largely gone, drowned by the sea.

In the middle of the fifth millennium BC, a new way of life, based on farming plants and animals, was introduced from the continent. The replacement of hunting and gathering was gradual and wasn’t completed until the latter part of the third millennium BC in Britain. Once farming was established, communities began to settle down.

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