miércoles, 23 de marzo de 2016

Jewellery from mysterious 'queen' of Stonehenge goes on display


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In the early 19th century, William Cunnington discovered a burial site near Stonehenge.

In one of the barrows he excavated at Normanton Down, the remains of a woman were found alongside some of the most well-preserved jewellery historians have ever seen.

Now, more than 200 years later, these artefacts are going on display for the first time at Stonehenge Visitors Centre.

Historians say that of all the graves that have been investigated in the site, none have produced more well-preserved artefacts than the one of the woman found in the Normanton Down Barrow.

Archaeologists are still baffled by some of the items buried alongside her body, found in a burial chamber on a ridge in 1808.

10/14. 'The most mysterious object is the oblong gold covered bone pendant (pictured) with a fragment of bone so significant that it was encased in gold. Gold, amber and shale may have been thought to have magical properties by early Bronze Age people,' said the Stonehenge Visitors Centre

The treasures that will go on display include amber earrings which are the earliest items found in Britain to show signs of being worked with a lathe. [...] Daily Mail Online