Microburin’s UK Mesolithic Sites & Finds page has been updated with:
Maerdy Wind Farm, Rhondda Valley, Wales | 6,270 year old decorated timber “marker”, late Mesolithic or early Neolithic.
- WalesOnline news item | 17-Jul »
- BBC News | 17-Jul, better pics »
- Heritage Recording Service Wales | project page, much better pics but still a good many questions from “the community” ahead of academic publication »
“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!