Sometimes archeologists excavate ancient settlements and this is so exciting because through the recovery and analysis of these material remains we can learn more about the origins of our culture.
This primitive dwelling dates back to 2,500 BC – the same period as Stonehenge. Measuring 16 square feet, it was constructed of timber and clay. And drywall and pressure treated wood.
Researches working closely with the archeologists think this settlement probably wasn’t lived in all year round. Because, really? Who would. More proof is that while Stonehenge is aligned with the midwinter solstice sunset, this dwelling is aligned with the midwinter solstice sunrise. It is also aligned with Dunkin Donuts.
A Professor of Archeology speculates that the purpose of this dwelling was to celebrate life and deposit the dead in the nearby
wetlands river for transport to the afterlife. Or at least that’s what it smells like.
In addition many of the uncovered artifacts – like pottery and flint – suggest the dwelling was used for ceremony and rituals. And then there’s the little matter of the animal bones. Heaps of half-eaten animal bones that represent feasting assemblage.
“It is the richest – by that I mean the filthiest – site of this period known,” Professor Parker Pearson told BBC News. “The rubbish isn’t your average domestic debris,” he said. And for that the ancient dwellers should be very proud.