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Amber, lignite, gold, bronze and iron

25 April 2013

A third millennium BC rich burial has been found near Windsor, reputed to be 4400 years old – see www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/fourthousand-years-old-go…

The woman, wearing a knecklace of folded sheet good, amber and lignite beads, and a bracelet of lignite beads, seems to mark the burial of somebody special – it is hypothesized. All the materials could have had an origin in the British Isles, the gold from Wales or Ireland, the amber from the N Sea coast and the lignite from a variety of sources.

In her hands she appears to have been clasping a pottery drinking vessel decorated with geometric patterns. Other finds at the site include four early Neolithic homes, 40 bronze age burials, 3 bronze age farms and several iron age complexes, and all come from a gravel quarry prior to extraction and destruction.

Meanwhile, at www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/04/130422100959.htm … we learn that University of Leicester archaeologists have uncovered a major Iron Age site in the East Midlands, at Burrough Hill hill fort near Melton Mowbray. Finds accumulated so far included iron spear heads, knives, brooches, a reaping hook, bronzes, dice and gaming pieces.

Engineers involved in repairs to the sewer system in Bath have stumbled on the old Roman wall some 3 feet below the modern pavement. This is nothing like the depth of Roman remains in London, as a result of sinking London Clay, and is thought to be part of one of the buttresses, which was probably difficult to extract by later stone robbers. See www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-somerset-22279047

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