Friday, December 3, 2010

Burials at Orkney Neolithic site

Orkney Neolithic Site

Archaeologists have recovered remains after initial excavation at a Neolithic tomb site in Orkney. A narrow passageway leads to five chambers, out of which two have been part-excavated so far.

Fragments of skull and hipbone have been unearthed in which some are carefully placed in stone gaps. The bones also point to a range of ages which includes a child of about six.

Orkney contains some of the best preserved Neolithic remains in Europe. Just a few metres from the dig lies the larger Tombs of the Eagles complex where more than 300 people remains were found.

Initial excavations carried by the Orkney Research Centre has now been completed and there are plans to return to the site in the summer.

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