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Ancient royal tomb found in Scotland

Post Number:#1  Postby Herb » Sun Aug 16, 2009 10:05 am

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/ho ... 71875.html[url]


Ancient royal tomb found in Scotland

Archaeologists stunned as dig unearths 4,000-year-old burial treasures unrivalled anywhere in Britain

By David Keys, Archaeology correspondent

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A Bronze Age burial ritual similar to the Forteviot find

Hidden beneath a four-ton slab of rock and surrounded by ancient carved symbols of prehistoric power, a spectacular high-status potentially royal tomb, dating back 4,000 years, has been discovered by archaeologists in Scotland.

The find – of international importance – is unique in Britain. The excavations at Forteviot, near Perth, have yielded the remains of an early Bronze Age ruler buried on a bed of white quartz pebbles and birch bark with at least a dozen personal possessions – including a bronze and gold dagger, a bronze knife, a wooden bowl and a leather bag.

The discovery has huge implications for Scottish history. Forteviot has long been known to have been a great royal centre in the early medieval period. It was a "capital" of a Pictish Kingdom in the 8/9th century AD – and one of Scotland's earliest kings, Kenneth MacAlpin, is said to have had a palace there.
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Re: Ancient royal tomb found in Scotland

Post Number:#2  Postby Whyte Eagle » Sun Aug 16, 2009 2:51 pm

It would be interesting to see the ancient carved symbols of the tomb ...
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