Monday, July 8, 2019

Even Little Blaina...

Via Wales Online

There's a quick interview with Niall Sharples of Cardiff University on the Beaker People of Blaenau Gwent.

Wales has so many sleepy towns.  It's the epitome of the countryside, and yet its settlement by the Bell Beakers testifies to the speed and omnipresence of their pioneering.

Floorpan via Wales Online
The huts across the valley were first discovered by Ian Fewings of the Aberystruth History and Archaeology society.  Above you can make out the circular impression left by a Beaker hut.

Keith Gibbs Via Wales Online
These features are still rather new, or newly discovered.  I haven't seen any papers on these particular huts, but please share in the comments if there is something out there.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

High at Haille de Pout (La Depeche)

The French website "LaDepeche" has an article about a returning campaign to a high-altitude Cirque de Troumouse burial mound in Hautes-Pyrénées.  The site, Haille de Pout, contains Bell Beaker and Early Bronze Age materials.

The following snips are from the video interview with archaeologist Maxim Remicourt seen below (beard).

If you'd like to be part of this team, L'université Toulouse-Jean-Jaures is looking for experienced volunteers for a two-week excavation August 2019.  
Archaeologist Maxim Remicourt

Here's a pretty rugged clay spoon that came out of the site.  Is that a perforation on the end?
Creuset-cuillere? (Maison 2-US 144 n* 154, Saint-Sever & Remicourt, 2017
"Des occupations d’altitude du Bronze ancien à la Haille de Pout dans le cirque de Troumouse (Gèdre, Hautes-Pyrénées)" Saint-Sever and Remicourt 2017 [also]

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