Monday, September 19, 2005

WHOA! ANOTHER SITE UP FOR SALE & DESTRUCTION BEFORE ANYONE HAD MORE CHANCES TO INVESTIGATE!

Cornwall England will have an auction for 240 acres of prime Bodmin Moor on Sept. 27. It's called Brown Gelly, the hill on the south of Dozmary Pool. On the hill are several barrows plus Iron Age settlements. I've been to Cornwall and it is full of such treasures, almost too many (obviously) to investigate.

And its too late for a Neolithic -- yes! Neolithic site in Turkish Cyprus. Recently Turkish Cypriot armed forces bulldozed away an 8,000 year old Neolithic site at Karpas peninsula. The site, called Kastros, is situated 4 km north of the Monastary of Apostolos Andreas and sits on a steep hillside. The Monastery was once known as the Lourdes of Cyprus. Those remains, if they have survived now lie under a military road.

Kastros ruins were as old as Khirokitea which you might remember from the wonderful illustration in the classic The Dawn of Civilization (1961) edited by Stuart Piggott (p.44) and dated to 5500 BC. Polished stoneware and necklaces of carenlian beads and tusk-shaped dentalium shells as well as evidence of domestication of sheep, goats and possibly pigs were found there.

French archaeologist Alain LeBrun excavated at Kastros in 1970 and discovered a number of round dry stone buildings, much like Khirokitea's, and dating to the same 6th millennium BCE.

LeBrun has returned and said that the site is now "devastated." How sad.

1 Comments:

Anonymous Alice said...

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