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6000-year-old 'Halls of the Dead' unearthed


Posted on Friday, 2 August, 2013 | Comment icon 20 comments | News tip by: seeder


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Two ancient burial mounds dating back over 6,000 years have been discovered in Herefordshire, England.

The mounds are of particular interest to archaeologists because it appears that they were constructed using the ashes from two large buildings that were deliberately burned down, most likely due to the death of a prominent leader or social figure. The burial mounds are believed to have held the remains of up to 30 people each.

"Archaeologists have talked for a long time about the idea that you've got a relationship between houses of the living and houses of dead," said excavation leader Julian Thomas. "Here, you've got it manifested in the sense that the debris of a house was incorporated into a tomb."

"Archaeologists have unearthed two nearly 6,000-year-old burial mounds and the remains of two massive buildings in England."

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Comment icon #11 Posted by shrooma on 2 August, 2013, 18:24
The buildings at the OP site appear to be rectangular (long-houses) and most of what i'd seen of early iron age houses in the BI were either stone "igloo" types particularly on the Western side of Ireland or like the photo I posted... . the longhouses tended to be more what you'd call 'funerary structures Taun, but as wood doesn't lend itself to preservation very well, the sites on which they were built eventually became 'long barrows' of the kind found at West Kennet or Cranborne Chase, with the original structure either being burned or dismantled before construction of a more substantial sto... [More]
Comment icon #12 Posted by ashven on 2 August, 2013, 18:50
They may have burnt the houses down due to diseased people dying in them.
Comment icon #13 Posted by Taun on 2 August, 2013, 19:47
That's odd... The second photo looks fine to me - and I loaded it the same way as the first one... Hmmm... Let me check this out for a bit... Photobucket has changed the way it works... Now when you click on an embedded photo it takes you to Photobucket - which is annoying... Does this look any better?
Comment icon #14 Posted by shrooma on 2 August, 2013, 19:57
much better Taun, thanks! it is indeed a great picture, almost identical to the Butser Farm settlement, and shows what a good job they did with their recreation. makes me wish i had a TARDIS..... *wistful sigh*
Comment icon #15 Posted by Taun on 2 August, 2013, 20:09
I would absolutely love a time machine - even if it only looks into the past, not travel into it physically...
Comment icon #16 Posted by DieChecker on 2 August, 2013, 20:55
From OP Link: The site drew people for generations. Long after the long halls were burned, people added a series of stone burial chambers to the grounds, Thomas said. The site also contains a flint axe and flint knife that were placed there up to 1,000 years after the hall was first erected. Looks like it could have been a site of ancestor worship. Maybe someone who was the start of a line of kings or something. The site almost looks Germanic, or Scandinavian. They used log halls like that, but 2000 years later.
Comment icon #17 Posted by the L on 4 August, 2013, 23:58
Can you describe it please? Elevated "house" above waters. From wood. Cone roof. With wooden bridge to land.
Comment icon #18 Posted by Elfin on 5 August, 2013, 0:06
Elevated "house" above waters. From wood. Cone roof. With wooden bridge to land. Thanks.
Comment icon #19 Posted by the L on 5 August, 2013, 0:12
Thanks. Anytime Elfin.
Comment icon #20 Posted by brlesq1 on 11 August, 2013, 16:33
Interesting pictures, and very interesting thread.


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