The 4,000 year old Corrimony Cairn is what is known as a Clava Style of cairn. It consists of a circular structure piled high with carefully placed stones. Around its outside are standing stones.
An analysis of strands of human hair from a burial site in Menorca, Spain, indicates that ancient human civilisations used hallucinogenic drugs derived from plants. These findings are the first direct evidence of ancient drug use in Europe, which may have been used as part of ritualistic ceremonies.
The findings revealed that, contrary to popular belief, Orkney was much less insular than had long been assumed. Instead, the islands had experienced large-scale immigration during the Early Bronze Age, which, unusually, was found to have involved mainly women.
Wessex Archaeology have produced an excellent film which looks at the landscape, how it was used by Neolithic people and the wider context which led to the building of Stonehenge.
First appearing in the early 4th millennium BCE, copper-alloy daggers were widespread in Bronze Age Europe including Britain and Ireland.
“By looking into the past with a narrower lens, archaeogenetics can shed more light on how communities and families were organised.”
One ancient grave urn is producing a huge amount of information about one woman and the baby twins she was found with.
In recent research Andreas Heiss of the Austrian Academy of Sciences and colleagues examined plant remains from the mining site of Prigglitz-Gasteil in the Eastern Alps in Austria, which was active between the 11th and 9th Century BCE.
“”Exotic spices, fruits and oils from Asia had thus reached the Mediterranean several centuries, in some cases even millennia, earlier than had been previously thought.”
“The North-east of Scotland was one the areas that had very strong connections with the European Beaker phenomenon 4,000 years ago.”