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Cornwall was scene of prehistoric gold rush, says new research

Cornwall was scene of prehistoric gold rush, says new research | Beakerfolk | Scoop.it
New archaeological research is revealing that south-west Britain was the scene of a prehistoric gold rush.
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A Bronze Age Cist Burial in Drumnadrochit

A Bronze Age Cist Burial in Drumnadrochit | Beakerfolk | Scoop.it
by James McComas (NOSAS) Drumnadrochit, by Loch Ness. On the flat former croft land between the Rivers Coilte and Enrick a new NHS Medical Centre is under construction. In January 2015 workers on t...
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On several grounds, this is an interesting find.  First, there is the possibility that the body was separated from the grave goods in their own pit.  

 

The beaker contains organic residue.  Although there have been some studies on beaker contents using chemical and microscopic analysis, I don't know of any that had actual residue left over.  

 

The bracer's composition is also interesting, so is its stains.  Assuming the body and the adjacent pit go together, it is highly probable this riverine burial is that of an immigrant

 

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Racton Man’s Bronze Dagger Is 4,200 Years Old - Archaeology Magazine

Racton Man’s Bronze Dagger Is 4,200 Years Old - Archaeology Magazine | Beakerfolk | Scoop.it

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CHICESTER, ENGLAND—The tests results are in, and Racton Man’s bronze dagger, discovered by a metal detectorist in 1989, has been dated to 4,200 years ago, making it the earliest securely dated bronze object ever found in Britain. At the time, James Kenny, an archaeologist at Chichester District Council, went to the burial site and uncovered the skeleton and additional rivets. “What makes his dagger so stunning is the rivet-studded hilt. Its design is distinctively British, but of a significance is the fact that it dates to the transition from copper to bronze metallurgy. This dagger is bronze and so this item would have been incredibly rare at the time; its color and keen hard edge would have distinguished it from the more common copper objects in use,” explained archaeologist Stuart Needham. Analysis of Racton Man’s bones by a team from the London Institute of Archaeology shows that he stood more than six feet tall, and was more than 45 years old at the time of his death, perhaps caused by the unhealed wounds found under the right armpit and to the upper right arm. He also suffered from spinal degeneration, a chronic sinus infection, tooth decay, and an abscess. Isotope analysis of his teeth by scientists from Durham University suggest that he grew up in southern Britain.

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Bronze Age Children’s Burial Unearthed in Buckinghamshire - Archaeology Magazine

Bronze Age Children’s Burial Unearthed in Buckinghamshire - Archaeology Magazine | Beakerfolk | Scoop.it

MARLOW, ENGLAND—Hundreds of bone fragments from the skeletons of two children have been discovered in a pit behind an antiques shop in Buckinghamshire. The children’s teeth suggest they were between ten and twelve years old at the time of death, which occurred sometime between 2140 and 1950 B.C., according to radiocarbon dates. “Among the remains was a piece of Bronze Age beaker pottery which was probably from a pot buried with the bones, as well as medieval finds from the twelfth to fourteenth centuries,” John Laker of Archaeology in Marlow told Culture 24. 

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Buckinghamshire is on River Thames (pronounced "tims") having come from an early Indo-European name for 'dark'  and from which modern Welsh derives Tafwys.

 

There are probably Bell Beaker remains to be found every six feet of its 236 miles.  The whole area seems to have had a very heavy concentration of Beaker folk.

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Stonehenge's most intricate archaeological finds were 'probably made by children'

Stonehenge's most intricate archaeological finds were 'probably made by children' | Beakerfolk | Scoop.it
Some of the most high status pieces of prehistoric ‘bling’, prized by Stonehenge’s Bronze Age social elite, are likely to have been made by children, according to new research.
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Unbelievable micro-minaturization. 

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Copper Age settlement discovered in Central Spain

Copper Age settlement discovered in Central Spain | Beakerfolk | Scoop.it
Archaeologists show the Meseta’s resources used intensively as early as 4000 years ago.
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"With the new finds at Azután, we can confirm that there was intensive copperworking and settlement also in central Spain. Until now, it was thought that such activity was mostly limited to the fertile coastal regions in the south of the Iberian Peninsula," says Felicitas Schmitt

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The first farmers of France

The first farmers of France | Beakerfolk | Scoop.it
French archaeologists excavated an early Neolithic site in Brittany, dating back 6800 years to the transition between Mesolithic and Neolithic farming societies
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The logboats in the lake

The logboats in the lake | Beakerfolk | Scoop.it
For up to 4,500 years, a series of sunken dug-out canoes have been lying, forgotten, on the bottom of Lough Corrib in Co. Galway. Now these vessels are beginning to surrender their secrets once mor...
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Highest stone circle in southern England found on Dartmoor

Highest stone circle in southern England found on Dartmoor | Beakerfolk | Scoop.it
Archaeologists believe first stone circle to be found on Devon moorland for 100 years lends weight to idea of liaison between communities there 5,000 years ago
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Mystery of the grave by the Mazury lake solved | News | Science & Scholarship in Poland

Mystery of the grave by the Mazury lake solved | News | Science & Scholarship in Poland | Beakerfolk | Scoop.it
Almost 15 years ago, archaeologists studied burial ground located on an ancient island on the lake Łańskie. Objects found in the graves and their forms indicated that the dead belonged to the farming community living in the third millennium BC. However, the dates determined with the help of specialized methods were older by almost 1000 years, which caused consternation. Had the first shepherds reached Mazury so early?
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Beaker Blog retraction:

Lake Lanskie island community was apparently Corded Ware, not Bell Beaker.  I previously reported it as being Bell Beaker.  Old post removed after seeing this story from PAP.

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Was Drombeg’s stone circle designed using skills learned in Babylon?

Was Drombeg’s stone circle designed using skills learned in Babylon? | Beakerfolk | Scoop.it
The Cork structure is a good example of Bronze Age engineering – and much more besides, says one man
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Ancient Europeans intolerant to lactose for 5,000 years after they adopted agriculture

Ancient Europeans intolerant to lactose for 5,000 years after they adopted agriculture | Beakerfolk | Scoop.it
By analyzing DNA from petrous bones of ancient Europeans, scientists have identified these peoples remained intolerant to lactose (natural sugar in the milk of mammals) for 5,000 years after they adopted agricultural practices.
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baby stepping towards migrants
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La Edad de los Metales en África. Rompiendo el paradigma eurocéntrico: El Magreb (I) - temporamagazine.com

La Edad de los Metales en África. Rompiendo el paradigma eurocéntrico: El Magreb (I) - temporamagazine.com | Beakerfolk | Scoop.it

En este artículo (que lo dividiremos en dos entregas) v …

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Great article on Bell Beaker in the Maghreb. (google translate if needed)

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Bronze Age Burial in the Scottish Highlands - Archaeology Magazine

Bronze Age Burial in the Scottish Highlands - Archaeology Magazine | Beakerfolk | Scoop.it
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If the burial is male/female, that is not a big deal.

If the burial is multiple, such as parent/children, also not that fantastic.

If it it several unrelated individuals, or another Beakerstein, then that is hugely important.

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Mapping the origin of Indo-European | Mapping IE origin

Mapping the origin of Indo-European | Mapping IE origin | Beakerfolk | Scoop.it

Came across this today.  Nothing like a little Bayesian Phylogeography!

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The logboats in the lake

The logboats in the lake | Beakerfolk | Scoop.it
For up to 4,500 years, a series of sunken dug-out canoes have been lying, forgotten, on the bottom of Lough Corrib in Co. Galway. Now these vessels are beginning to surrender their secrets once mor...
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