jueves, 20 de noviembre de 2014

Solent's Stone Age village 'washing away'


Bouldnor Cliff is a submerged Stone Age settlement off the coast of Yarmouth which was covered in silt as great sheets of ice melted at the end of the last Ice Age.

It is an important site because the muddy conditions have helped preserve organic materials from the distant past that do not normally survive on dry land.

The materials date back to a time when the Isle of Wight did not exist and it was possible to walk from Britain to what is now France.

"This is an element of our history that is being lost from a unique site. It can add new insights into our human journey from nomad to settler," said Garry Momber, director of the Maritime Archaeology Trust. [...] bbc.com

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Aboriginal rock art discovered on Sydney’s northern beaches a major ancient archaeological find

BEAUTIFUL Aboriginal rock art that may have been created up 20,000 years ago has been discovered in a secret place deep within Sydney suburbia. 
1/7. Nathan Moran, from the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council, next to one of the hand paintings Picture: Bradley Hunter

The Daily Telegraph was given special access to the site on the banks of a creek flowing just metres from the back of houses on the city’s northern beaches.

A series of ancient hand stencils, either white or red in colour, and motifs representing eels and a crescent moon, we’re found on rock faces and overhangs on land owned by Sydney Water.

Bush regeneration workers were clearing old vines and noxious weeds along the creek banks when they came across what has been described as a significant archaeological find.

Sydney Water’s archaeologist Yvonne Kaiser-Glass said the rock art was found back in July, on World Archaeology Day and the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council and NSW Office of Environment were immediately informed.

“This area may have been a birthing site for Aboriginal people because it’s so close to a freshwater supply,” Ms Kaiser-Glass said.

“There are more than 20 hand stencils created by people mixing the coloured clay with water in their mouths and then spraying it on their hands while they were pressed against the rock.

“The overhangs containing the artworks were overgrown with vegetation so we don’t really know how many people have actually seen them in the past.” [...] dailytelegraph.com.au  /  Link 2