posted on Apr, 18 2014 @ 03:50 AM
Archeologists in Anglesey have discovered a "curious" copper artifact in a Neolitic chambered tomb, one of the least known, Perthi Duon. The tomb is
thought to have been a portal dolmen
typically built in the early Neolitic period, it's dates to
3500BC or even earlier.
The copper artifact, which archeologists say could be a piece a jewelry, could help prove there was a copper age in Britain. The piece will undergo
scientific testing to uncover little more about its origins. Shards of pottery were also found at the site. The dig has also given archeologists a
little more insight in to the burial and ritual practices of the people that lived there so long ago, about 5,500 years ago.
The discovery of a mysterious copper artefact at a Neolithic tomb on Anglesey could help to answer one of
archaeology’s burning questions.
Dr George Nash, who led the excavation at Perthi Duon near Brynsiencyn, says the find could lend weight to the idea of a British Copper Age, which is
currently being debated by archaeologists.
An international team of archaeologists from the Welsh Rock Art Organisation recently excavated
the site and uncovered “several significant features”, said Dr Nash.
Among them was the “curious” copper artefact, which could be a piece of jewellery worn thousands of years ago. Dr Nash said: “This item could
be an important discovery which may reinforce the notion of a Copper Age in the British Isles.
Copper items from the British Neolithic (c. 4000 – 2,000BC) and Early Bronze Age (c. 2,500 – 1,800BC) are considered rare.”
Copper Age has long been recognised in Europe, the question of whether Britain experienced such a period is still debated by archaeologists. Dr
Nash said: “The big question in archaeology at the moment is whether there was a Copper Age in Britain. “Did copper come to Britain before
bronze? “This discovery helps to suggest that we did have a Copper Age.”
Here a a couple intact Dolmens from Ireland if you're unfamiliar with them:
We divide the ancient past into three ages: stone, bronze and iron. But leading archaeologists are saying Britain also had a copper age, between
stone and bronze at around 2500–2200BC
Well, it seems like this could help with the theory. We shall see what happens when the results from the tests come back. Wonder if archeologists will
find any more copper at this site or in the area? Thought it was interesting so I'm passing it along.
Chalcolithic: The Copper Age
edit on 18-4-2014 by Jennyfrenzy because: added