Neolithic houses discovered in Wales

Excavations at Llanfaethlu, West of Anglesey, in north-west Wales, revealed a fourth Early Neolithic house (6000 years old) and extensive archaeological remains, that add up to the three Early Neolithic houses discovered in previous digs.

Aerial photo of the excavations (by CR Archaeology)
Aerial photo of the excavations (by CR Archaeology)

Archaeologists uncovered over 6000 artefacts during works at the Prehistoric site. Among them is a massive range of pottery styles from both the neolithic and Bronze age. The finds also include two partial sets of human remains, which are incredibly rare outside of megalithic tombs in this area as bone seldom survive. According to the experts, teeth, which are among the remains, hold vital information about the individual’s diet and contain details of where the person grew up.

Human teeth are among remains found at Llanfaethlu (by CR Archaeology)
Human teeth are among remains found at Llanfaethlu (by CR Archaeology)

Previous work at Llanfaethlu uncovered three Early Neolithic houses. Two of them were almost twice the size of previous examples found in the area. This season, a large Middle Neolithic (5500 years old) pit group containing highly decorated pottery was also excavated. Massive range of pottery styles from the Neolithic and Bronze Age has been collected along with an enormous assemblage of over 2500 flint and stone artefacts. Among the finds are complete stone axes, a leaf shaped arrow head, serrated blades and beautiful flakes of rock crystal.

Flint scrapers found at the site (by CR Archaeology)
Flint scrapers found at the site (by CR Archaeology)

Archaeologists were able to identify plant remains at the site, such as acorns, blackberry seeds and hazel nuts, which have been collected by the Prehistoric people. Charcoal from trees and shrubs burnt at the site and recorded by the archaeologists are expected to show what the environment around the settlement looked like 6000 years ago as it would have been very different from today.

Excavations at Llanfaethlu (by CR Archaeology)
Excavations at Llanfaethlu (by CR Archaeology)

(after CR Archaeology, Past Horizons & Daily Post)

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