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What is your favorite archaeological site? August 11, 2007 9:14 AM

So I thought that this could be a good place to list our favorite archaeological sites, be it well known or not or even one that you your self worked at. Just a name and why you like it or a brief summary of where it is and what has been found would be good here. If you have anything more than that, please start your own thread with your site name as the subject and post away, but list the site here anyway and say you'll start your own thread. everyone, and again Gari for the idea!  [ send green star]
 
support please August 20, 2013 7:23 AM

My favorite site is Hueco Tanks State Historic Site near El Paso. It is not any archaeological site but a highly significant cultural and sacred site to the Tiqua, Mescalero, and the Kiowa. In fact, it should be considered a "cultural landscape" because of its geological, historical, and cultural significance to other historic sites within a 50 miles radius. The residents of El Paso and southern NM have realized what a national treasure this area is and are trying to have 500,000 acres from Las Cruces to the Otera Mesa region declared a "National Monument". This attempt is to try and preserve this land from oil drilling and mining activities. In the case of Hueco Tanks it is to restrict the "bouldering" activity that goes on there. TPWD has diplomatically expelled native tribal groups and tribal representative in favor of special interest groups such as the climbing community.

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Thorborough Henges August 20, 2013 10:59 AM


I guess my favourite site has to be Thornborough Henges in North Yorkshire England:

https://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=thornborough+henges&hl=en&ll=54.210021,-1.562805&spn=0.013728,0.035233&sll=53.800651,-4.064941&sspn=7.101222,18.039551&t=h&hq=thornborough+henges&z=15

I ran a successful campaign to stop the land surrounding these three 5,000 year old structures from being quarried. Many people here helped a great deal. Running that campaign changed my life, we now have two festivals a year in the central Henge.

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favorite sites August 20, 2013 11:31 AM

In the past, I excavated the first settlement in America, the French Champlain site in Maine, corca 1604. Great site, 23 french burials. Another favorite site was a neolithic village site near Prague, circa 8,000 bc, joint excavation with the Czechs. I did the Concord battlefield, and Capt. David Brown's house, who was in charge at the start of the Rev War at North bridge. Presenttly have spent the last 12 summers digging first century village sites and burial mounds in Belarussia. All site are meaningful and favorite, as they contribute to our knowledge of the past.

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Impressive August 21, 2013 7:07 AM

That sounds impressive Walt. Do you have a favourite period?

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 August 21, 2013 8:25 AM

Tough to say favorite time period...To hold a 10,000 year old pot in your hand, and commune with the potter who made it, and realize the long journey down the halls of history to the present is a humbling experience. But to excavate the doorstep of David Brown's house, in the middle of the North Bridge Concord battlefield, where his wife stood and watched the Minutemen fire the "shot heard round the world" is also amazing....To excavate 100 neolithic burials, and know what month of th year they died, from the alignment to the rising sun is rewarding...All periods have led us to where we re, so I do not have a favorite...Of course, the oldest site I have done, at 10,000 years ago, is exciting, because we were still on the threshhold of becoming really culturally stable.

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Iron Age August 21, 2013 10:56 PM

Thanks Walt.

I think my favourite period is the Iron Age, I love the romance of it - no historic records (in the UK that is) but plenty of remains to give us clues as to what was going on.

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iron age August 22, 2013 9:59 AM

In looking for the origins of the Slavic cultures, around the sixth century, I excavated two village sites in southern Belarus you would love....two of them had primitive iron smelting ovens, marking the early development of the Iron Age industries in central Europe. It also marked a crude spatial division in the communities, one purely "residential" structures, the other having "buildings" centered around the smelting oven. In the ninth century, this concept really developed, with palisaded towns, and eventually byt he 12th century, communities divided into religious, economic and artistic areas. Interesting progress, but started around the fifth-sixth century.

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