This has to be one of the most amazing archaeological stories of 2010. It seems to be spreading across the Web like wildfire. I’d love to hear more about it.
Rhine river archaeology was turned on its ear once again this week by the amazing results published by Dr. Ernst Voorst concerning a secret archaeological project in the Rhine Canyon area. Dr. Voorst made headlines and waves in 2007 when he and the late Reihard Van Gelder announced their controversial theory that twin opposing fortresses positioned on either side of the Rhine had engaged in extensive warfare more than 10,000 years ago.
Who was she? Archaeologists don’t know but they believe (based on radiocarbon dating) that she may lived about 10,000 years ago in a small wooded region they have dubbed the Golden Wood. Located in the Black Forest region of the Rhine valley, the secret locale first rose to prominence in 2007 when Dr. Reinhard Van Gelder and Dr. Ernst Voorst published a revolutionary theory explaining their proposed history for twin opposing fortresses that face each other across the Rhine.
Archaeologists have long suspected that humans moved into the Rhine region thousands before current evidence suggests. But finding new evidence to support that belief has be difficult. In 2007 two eminent leaders in the field of Rhine archaeology published controversial findings about two fortresses facing each other across the Rhine. The fortresses, the scientists suggested, had served as the focal points for an ancient war that may have lasted a thousand years. But they were unable to produce any real evidence and a highly skeptical scientific community dismissed their findings as a joke.
Legacy of Dr. Reinhard Van Gelder Lives on opens with:
This is a new one for the books. An eminent archaeologist is being co-credited for a massive new discovery more than 2 years after his death. Reinhard Van Gelder left a considerable sum of money to the University of the Rhine to be used to establish an institute that specializes in Rhine valley archaeology.
A graduate of the University of the Rhine, Dr. Van Gelder for years held the position of Senior Archaeologist, Northern Europe, with the Royal Museum of Antiquities in Amsterdam. Van Gelder first rose to prominence when he excavated the twin fortresses of Illyrium and Italy in the 1980s. His work was considered to be groundbreaking in a prehistoric period that few had until his time attempted to study.
Here is a picture from one of the articles:
Actually, I think this is the more interesting picture. It depicts a reconstruction of a tree house from an ancient village:
I’ll post more information when I get it.