sábado, 14 de febrero de 2015

Mysterious object found in a Stone Age settlement in Norway

Was this a tool? Was it used for decoration? The experts do not understand the purpose of the 6,000 year old object from the Neolithic period.

1/3. Photo: Trond Meling, Universitetet i Stavanger

A mysterious object was found in a 6,000-year-old Stone Age settlement at Sømmevågen, near Stavanger Airport in Norway.

“The most magnificent artefact was found in an oval bed of rocks covered over with flat stones. By the flat stones we found a wooden tool about 20 cm long which had been painstakingly constructed,” says project leader Trond Meling.

Meling is an archaeologist at the University of Stavanger’s Museum of Archaeology.

“To date we haven’t figured out what this object is but it is probably some sort of tool. We still haven’t dated it but the circumstances of the discovery indicate that it is from the same time as the settlement, which is the Neolithic period.”

An arm and some teeth

Layer by layer, archaeologists have uncovered several settlements from this period (4,000-2,600 BC). Last summer they discovered an arm, which turned out to be 6000 years old.

First they found a bone from the upper arm.  Then they dug out parts of the forearm and a bit of the wrist. But no more. The rest of the man is not there.

The archaeologists have more questions than answers about the place where the human arm was found. They do not think it is a grave. More likely it was a garbage dump, since they also found bones from animals.

The excavation also turned up the molars of a person, in what they do think is a grave.

“The grave is rectangular and about two metres long and one metre wide, lined with stones. It is rare to find such old graves in Norway.” writes Meling.

The grave also yielded three stone axes and a chisel... (Photos). Marianne Nordahl / sciencenordic.com/

Actualización 15-02-15: Un raro objeto de la Edad de Piedra deja perplejos a los científicos en Noruega - RT
Un enigmático objeto de aproximadamente 6.000 años hallado en Noruega deja perplejos a los científicos. Los expertos no logran entender su propósito ¿Fue acaso una herramienta utilizada para la decoración? 

Un raro objeto de unos 6.000 años fue encontrado en un asentamiento de la Edad de Piedra (desde 10.200 a.C. hasta 4.500-2.000 a.C.) en la localidad de Sømmevågen, en el municipio de Sola, Noruega, informa Science Nordic.

Según el líder del proyecto arqueológico, Trond Meling, del Museo de Arqueología de la Universidad de Stavanger, "el magnífico artefacto", una herramienta de madera de unos 20 centímetros de largo, fue encontrado en un lecho ovalado de rocas, cubierto con piedras planas.

"Hasta la fecha, no hemos determinado qué es este objeto, pero probablemente se trata de algún tipo de herramienta. Todavía no hemos establecido su época, pero las circunstancias del descubrimiento indican que pertenece al mismo tiempo que el asentamiento, que es el período neolítico", explicó el arqueólogo.  

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Actualización: Un raro objeto de la Edad de Piedra deja perplejos a los científicos en Noruega