4,000-year-old flowers found in a bronze-age grave in Scotland.

December 16, 2009 at 8:02 am | Posted in Lifescape | Leave a comment
clipped from news.bbc.co.uk

Proof that pre-historic people placed bunches of flowers in the grave when they buried their dead has been found for the first time, experts have said.

Archaeologists have discovered a bunch of meadowsweet blossoms in a Bronze Age grave

Pollen found in earlier digs had been thought to have come from honey, or the alcoholic drink mead but this find may finally rule that theory out.

“But these are the first proof that people in the Bronze Age were actually placing flowers in with burials.”

Once the flowerheads were white meadowsweet blossoms.

The bunch had been placed by the head of the high-status individual known to have been buried in the grave.

to find these very human touches is something very rare, if not unique. It brings it home to you that what you’re looking at is not just a series of abstract remains, but actually these are people that you’re dealing with

The finds all come from a bronze age grave – or cist – excavated by the Universities of Aberdeen and Glasgow.

The site was marked by an avenue of oak posts, and large earthworks.

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