For the latest in our Ancient Wonders series, we look to France over 5,000 years ago. On a small island in the Gulf of Morbihan in Brittany lies the Gavrinis Passage Tomb. The uninhabited island is formed from granite rock but is a tourist attraction for it holds the region’s most impressive Neolithic site. The […]Ancient Wonders: The Gavrinis Passage Tomb — Just History Posts
Heritage Malta is celebrating the 40th anniversary sinceUNESCO declared the Ġgantija Temples a World Heritage Site in 1980 – the year that also saw Valletta and the Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum being given the same recognition. Source: 40 years since UNESCO declared Ġgantija a World Heritage Site – The Malta Independent40 years since UNESCO declared Ġgantija a World Heritage Site; The Malta Independent — All About World Heritage Sites
Sunday, 25 October 2020
This is the so called Giant’s Ring, a late Neolithic henge monument at Ballynahatty, near Shaw’s Bridge, Belfast, Northern Ireland…
Inside the enclosure, east of the centre, is a small passage tomb with an entrance passage facing west…
The genetic data obtained from the female remains found inside the tomb, and dated to (3343–3020 cal. BC) shows „predominant ancestry from early farmers“ and „haplotypic affinity with modern southern Mediterranean populations such as Sardinians“.
Also „she shares higher levels of genetic drift with Early and MN samples from Spain rather than those from Germany…and arguing for the possible passage of farming to Ireland via a southern coastal route rather than via the migrations through central Europe“.
Now this is pointing at the neolithic people (first farmers) migrating into Europe following two routes, both starting in the Balkans:
1. Up along Morava river to Danube and then up along Danube river into centra Europe and onward to North and Baltic seas and then further into Britain.
2. Along north mediterranean coast via Italy, France, Spain and further into Ireland.
Now according to the archaeological data presented in „Farming and woodland dynamics in Ireland during the Neolithic“ the first farmers arrived to Ireland some time after „the great elm decline“ which is pinned to around 3800BC.
Now at that time, in the 4th millennium BC, the tourists wanting to travel along the north Mediterranean coast had two options: to walk, or to use the Neolithic seafaring trading routes that we know existed between Balkans and Iberia (via Sicily and Sardinia). I talked about this trading route in my post „Neolithic seafarers„.
The Kanayama Megaliths Research Team made a field trip to Sengeyama in the Nakatsugawa area on September 27, 2020. The purpose was to observe and record the autumn equinox sunset for the first time. It was reported by Shiho Tokuda on their blog. The following are edited excerpts from the post. “This Mt. Senge is […]Autumn Equinox Sunset at Sengeyama — Iwaya-Iwakage of Kanayama Megaliths
Source: Orkney’s houses of the dead are a topsy-turvey glimpse into pastOrkney’s houses of the dead are a topsy-turvey glimpse into past; Mike Merritt; Herald — All About World Heritage Sites
A blast from the past: Boyne Valley Source: A blast from the past: Boyne Valley
The White Horse Stone is shrouded in legend. It is located in the Neolithic funerary complex that we today call the Medway Megaliths, and was once possibly part of a chambered long barrow of which no other traces remain. Until recently it was one of a pair of megaliths that stood close to the Pilgrims […]
Press release from the National Trust Avebury closed for Summer Solstice The National Trust have today (Monday 18 May) confirmed that neither Avebury nor its land across the Stonehenge Landscape, will be open for this year’s summer solstice and are asking visitors not to travel to the area. The celebrations which take place every midsummer, […]