An archaeological investigation on a Machars farm has uncovered three rare Bronze Age cists or burial chambers, one with the remains of a young child in it.
The investigation began after a stone cist burial was accidentally damaged by a plough at Blairbuy Farm in April 2012. shortly afterwards a team from GUARD Archaeology was sent to investigate through Historic Scotland.
Post-excavation analysis on a skeleton found in one of the cists confirmed the remains of a juvenile between nine and 12 years old buried there. The child had suffered malnutrition and a radiocarbon date obtained from the left ulna (elbow bone) placed the child’s death around 4000 years ago, in the early Bronze Age (2027-1886 BC). Read more.
Archaeologists in northern Sweden have located the remains of a farm from the Bronze Age, a find which challenges the established history of the area around Umeå and the province of Norrland.
"It is completely unique," Jan Heinerud at Västerbotten’s Museum in Umeå told The Local on Friday. "We have never previously found a long house like this so far north."
The farm was discovered in the area between Backen and Klabböle in an area known as Klockaråkern and it is thought that the farm was in use for almost 600 years from around 1100 BC.
Heinerud said that the museum’s experts have been unable to establish exactly who would have lived at the location, but that they have a number of theories. Read more.
Archaeologists believe they have found the remains of a Bronze Age boat building community in Monmouth.
Excavations show 100ft-long (30m) channels in the clay along which experts think vessels were dragged into a long-gone prehistoric lake.
Monmouth Archaeological Society started to unearth new findings when work started on Parc Glyndwr housing estate two years ago.
The research is being published in a book called The Lost Lake.
Author and archaeologist Stephen Clarke, 71, said: “I started digging here with the society 50 years ago - I wish I had another 50 years.” Read more.
A Bronze Age stone pathway that links stone circles has been uncovered for the first time since the 1930s.
Archaeologists were helped by local people to “re-discover” the feature, laid between two of the Hurlers stone circles on Bodmin Moor, Cornwall.
The 4,000-year-old pavement has been described as “unique” by archaeologists.
They hope it will give a better understanding of early civilisations.
The causeway was first uncovered more than 70 years ago, when workmen stabilised the site and re-erected a number of stones. Read more.
An archaeological dig on the site where a priceless Bronze Age gold cape was found has unearthed new finds.
It had been thought nothing was left at the site at Mold, Flintshire after it was last excavated in 1953.
But a community dig led by archaeologists has now turned up tiny burned fragments of bone and small pieces of pottery.
They could turn out to be older than the Mold Gold Cape which was made 3,700 years ago from a single sheet of gold.
The cape, which was discovered in 1833, is one of the British Museum’s most prized artefacts and it has been on show at Cardiff and Wrexham this summer. Read more.
ISLANDS perhaps better known for their Bronze Age relics are revealing traces of an earlier civilisation.
A settlement being unearthed on St Martin’s represents “the most promising neolithic site in Scilly”, according to Dr Duncan Garrow of Liverpool University, a specialist in the prehistory of North- West Europe.
Along with maritime archaeologist Dr Fraser Sturt of Southampton University and a ten-strong team, supplemented by locals, he is exploring how Neolithic man arrived on the islands some 5,000 to 6,000 years ago.
After identifying a possible Mesolithic or Neolithic occupation site at St Martin’s Old Quay last year, based on finds of pottery and flint tools, Dr Garrow is now conducting a dig in the area, and called it the most promising site in Scilly. Read more.
Eight Bronze Age boats discovered in a deep Cambridgeshire quarry are much older than it was first thought, carbon-dating research has revealed.
The vessels, found by archaeologists at Must Farm near Peterborough in 2011, have now been dated to about 1500 BC, 200 years older than was first thought.
Samples taken during the conservation process have revealed the boats to be made from oak, lime and field maple.
The vessels are undergoing a two-year preservation programme at Flag Fen.
The wooden craft are being sprayed with a special wax to stop the timbers from degrading, the same technique that was applied to the 16th Century Mary Rose warship. Read more.
A Swedish archaeological expedition from the University of Gothenburg has excavated a previously unknown part of the Bronze Age city Hala Sultan Tekke (around 1600–1100 BC).
The finds include a facility for extraction of copper and production of bronze objects, evidence of production of luxurious textiles, as well as ceramics and other objects imported from all over the Mediterranean but also from central Europe.
‘One of our conclusions is that the Bronze Age culture in Hala Sultan Tekke played a central role in the Eastern Mediterranean. Cyprus served as an important node not only for regional but also for more long-distance trade. Read more.