The Neolithic people made fake islands more than 5000 years ago - why?

10160x 06. 08. 2019 1 Reader

Approximately 5600 years ago, according to a new study, a Neolithic man formed artificial islands of stone, clay and wood. These islands, known as "Crannogs", were originally considered to be the fruit of the Iron Age, a time 2800 years younger. Although scientists have known about Crannogs for decades, recent discoveries can finally contribute to answering a much larger question: What were these islands for?

What purpose did the islands have?

According to Live Science, Crannogs had great importance for their builders:

"The new findings reveal not only that Crannogs are above our expectations, but also show that it was probably a" place of special significance "to the Neolithic people, as the fragments of pottery caught by divers show."

To learn more about Crannogs, Duncan Garrow, an archaeologist at Reading University, focused on an area in Northern Ireland, where they found many of these man-made islands in three lakes. After finding ceramic fragments around these Crannogs, it was hypothesized that "pots and pitchers were likely to be thrown deliberately into the water, most likely as part of the ritual".

Garrow and Sturt write about their findings as follows:

“The artificial islands, or Crannogs, are scattered across Scotland. New research has revealed the Hebrew Crannogs of Neolithic origin, although it has been believed to date that the oldest is from the Iron Age. Exploration and excavation in this area (historically for the first time) demostrated that Crannogs are a widespread asset to the Neolithic. Judging by the amount of ceramics in the surrounding waters, the foreign exchange of ritual importance. These findings challenge the concept and extent of the Neolithic settlements on which we have come to date. At the same time the method of waste disposal. They also suggest that other Crannogs of unknown age may be based in Neolithic. ”

And given the estimated use of ceramics for ritual practices, we can speculate that the islands themselves were of ceremonial importance for the people of the Neolithic. Could an ancient form of religion or ceremonial activity?

Garrow writes:

“These islands may well have represented important symbols of their creators. They could therefore be perceived as places of great importance, separated by water from everyday life. ”

According to The Sun Crannogs could have other uses. The true meaning of these monuments remains shrouded in a veil of speculation, but experts believe it was a place of social gathering, ritual banquets, and funeral opportunities. Obviously, the islands had little weight for those who built them. Perhaps sometimes we will learn their true meaning, until then we must accept the unknown, which envelops another of the creations of our ancestors walking this country many centuries ago.

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