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Neolithic Enclosure Discovered in Denmark

Monday, February 27, 2017

Denmark Neolithic enclosureSTEVNS, DENMARK—Archaeologist Pernille Rohde Sloth of the Museum Southeast Denmark told Seeker that a Neolithic enclosure has been found at a construction site near Copenhagen. The oval-shaped palisade, formed with five rows of posts with irregular openings, covered about 60,000 square feet. Pits containing flint flakes, ax fragments, and pieces of pottery, all thought to be about 4,900 years old, have been unearthed in the structure’s interior area. It is not known whether all five rows of the palisade were built at the same time, or how long the structure was in use. “It has been suggested that the fence rows and their openings form a sort of labyrinth,” said Rohde Sloth. Further investigation could reveal whether the enclosure served a ritual purpose, or whether it was a fortification or fenced settlement. To read about another discovery in Denmark, go to “Bluetooth's Fortress.”

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