Just published and eagerly anticipated: Tybrind Vig | Submerged Mesolithic settlements in Denmark
Part of the series Jysk Arkæologisk Selskabs Skrifter (77) and the subject area Archaeology | By Søren H. Andersen
With contributions by Bodil Bratlund, Kjeld Christensen, Hans Dal, Kasper Johansen, Lise Bender Jørgensen, Claus Malmros, Ole Nielsen, Kaj Strand Petersen, Kirsten Prangsgaard, Kaare Lund Rasmussen and Tine Trolle
ISBN 978 87 88415 78 0 | Hardback: kr. 499.95+VAT+Shipping | 527 pages, ill. | Published 2013
Available from Aarhus University Press | Credit cards accepted in DKR NB | £ GBP doesn’t seem to work with Visa or Mastercard: use the Kr option
“The timber, which measures around 1.7m long, has an intricate pattern along one side and an oval motif at one end. It is believed to have been used as a tribal marker post indicating a tribal boundary, a hunting ground or a sacred site.”
The wood is now undergoing a conservation program of wax-glycol treatment at York Archaeological Trust labs where it is expected to stay until 2014.
Is it decorated timber, or natural (and insect) processes at work? Some skeptics are asking. Quote: “unless Maisie Taylor has blessed it….” | Keep watching!
With the world ending today (21-Dec), and my perennial procrastination around lithic assemblage analysis (I promise 2013 would be better if it weren’t all ending today!) I wonder what our Mesolithic forebears made of this? How do you spin a story about green and purple lights for 6,000+ years if not 700 thousand years and more? What part of your social psyche does it re-enforce or challenge?
A Mesolithic child buried on a swan’s wing (Denmark)?