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1/ An evening thread! Yesterday #Pollen next its beetles #Palaeoentomology - preserved in #peat fragments of bugs (wing cases, head capsules etc) are difficult to ID but provide key evidence of #Palaeoenvironments - #Prehistoric #woodland, #Biodiversity changes+extinctions! Two people, stood in a pit with an exposed face of peat in f
2/Dr Eileen Reilly (photo 1, r) passed away too young. Her #Palaeoentomological work was groundbreaking. Demonstrated presence of beetles in #prehistory now extinct/rare in 🇮🇪 many associated with wood/trees (Saproxylic), 'Urwald relict' group (see table!) A table showing extinct/rare species found in peat samples f
3/E.g: photos 1+2 #Archaeological excavations, Lisheen Bog, Co.Tipp. Samples from Bronze Age oak wood plank trackway, contained remains of Prostomis mandibularis+other bugs. Primary #woodland present in this period despite clearance/farming. A table showing rare/extinct beetles including wood loving t
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قصبہ سکارا برائے (سکاٹ لینڈ)
Skara Brae Village (Orkney Island, Scotland)
5000 BC to 3200 BC
اہرام مصر کی ہمعصر یورپ کی سب سے شاندار قبل از تاریخ (Prehistoric) باقیات
جسے 1850 میں ایک چرواہے (Shepherd) اور طوفان نے اچانک دریافت کیا۔
سکارا برائے ImageImageImageImage
پتھر کے زمانے (Stone Age) کے سب سے زیادہ محفوظ دیہاتوں میں سےایک ھےجو ریت کے ٹیلوں سے مکمل ڈھکا ھوا تھا۔
1850 کے ایک زبردست طوفان سے بے نقاب ھوا۔
بقول آرکیڈین مورخ ڈاکٹر ارنسٹ ماروِک طوفان سےقبل یہ ایک مکمل "افسانہ" تھا۔
 1860میں ولیم واٹ (William Watt) نےچارعمارتوں کی کھدائی کی۔ ImageImageImage
1926 میں ایک اور طوفان کے بعد برطانوی وزارتِ آثارِ قدیمہ نےمزید کھدائی شروع کی۔ 1970 کی دہائی کے دوران ریڈیو کاربن ڈیٹنگ نےثابت کیاکہ یہ بستی تقریباً 3200 سے 2200 قبل مسیح تک آباد تھی۔
4,000سالوں سے بستی کوڈھانپنے والی ریت نے ان کے میٹیریل اورڈھانچے کوناقابل یقین حدتک محفوظ رکھا۔ ImageImageImage
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#Solstice #Sunrise at the Barrow - a meditation on time, what litte, we know of #AngloSaxon "#Litha", and on what #livinghistory #history and #archaeology is truly "for". 🧵 Image
Very early yesterday morning members Æd and AlexP travelled to @SoultonHall @SacredStonesLtd Soulton Long Barrow to experience a unique moment in the solar calendar which, though concerned with the reckoning of time, is essentially universal and #timeless. 1/32
The Midsummer Solstice has always been a significant moment in the year, across many cultures, as far back as deep #prehistory. In Britain our landscape is dotted with #stoneage #neolithic and #bronzeage #prehistoric monuments which bear witness to this. 2/32 Image
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The Iron Age earthwork at Borough Fen is one of several #prehistoric enclosures built near the borders of the fen wetlands to manage large #communal herds of cattle grazing on the damp #pastures in summer, were centres for autumn roundups & seasonal assemblies for managing both. ImageImage
It lies in the same #common wetland grazed by the whole of the #medieval Soke of Peterborough; that was the early medieval common pasture of the 5th/6thC Gyrwe (‘fen people’); & which, @PryorFrancis’s work suggests, had been common through prehistory. Image
There’s another at Stonea Camp, and others at Tattershall Thorpe in Lincs. and Arbury Camp on the outskirts of Cambridge
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Quetzalcoatlus stood as tall as a giraffe, , had a 37-40 foot wingspan and weighed about 500-550 pounds. It was the largest known flying animal. Being that tall, it could look giant theropods in the eye, and combined with enormous wings, it could make itself look much larger than
it actually was. This is a defensive tactic that we see in nature all the time, from the blowfish that sucks in a lot of water to make itself balloon up, to a frilled lizard showing out its frills. Making yourself look much larger than normal can save you from predation.
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'K then: see that long low bank just beyond the rise in the land? That's a #medieval furlong boundary - it re-uses & so preserves a long #prehistoric linear bank of unknown date/purpose that runs from high to low ground just W of Cambridge. And... Image
2. ... it’s just one (arrowed) of a whole system of similar banks preserved in medieval field boundaries, parish boundaries, footpaths, roads & hedgerows across c.77 - the light grey lines on the map. They run across a valley from one plateau to the other Image
3. ... Thing is, most prehistoric landscapes are preserved because the land they lie on was on/was converted to grass. This one survives *because* it has been continuously exploited as arable or pasture for the last four millennia: the boundaries have been in use all that time. Image
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