Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Lawrence Lewellyn Grunt

Really, when it comes down to it, what I am interested in isn't all this politics stuff. And I am reminded of this when something like this crops up.

It appears that archeologists up in the windswept bits of rock north of Scotland have discovered that our Neolithic forebears were a dap hand at interior decor.

According to a report on PA,
"Archaeologists revealed today that they have discovered the first evidence in the UK of stonework painted with a pattern, suggesting Neolithic people enjoyed decorating...The latest discovery, made late yesterday afternoon, is a stone with a zigzag chevron pattern in red pigment.

It is thought the painted and decorated stones may have been used to enhance important buildings and may have been found in entranceways or areas of the building which had particular significance.

Nick Card, of the Orkney Research Centre for Archaeology (Orca), said:
"I think the Neolithic people were no different from ourselves in that these were probably special structures which they felt should be adorned in different colours.

"There has been evidence at some other Neolithic sites where paint pots have been found with remains of pigment but they were considered to be for personal adornment rather than being used on a wider scale for the decoration of buildings.
Seriously, that is just boggling. And splendid, and magnificent and all sorts of other stuff.

I bow down in awe.

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