Archaeologists have made
what, they believe, may be one of the most significant
archaeological finds of the last 50 years.
Staff at the Institute for Archaeology and
Antiquity, at the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom,
supported by the British and Slovene Academies, have identified the
Valley of the River Cetina, in Croatia, as one of the most
important archaeological wetlands in Europe.
Dr Vincent Gaffney and Dr David Smith are
particularly excited by the exceptional preservation on the site,
giving them a major opportunity to map the early history of
everyday life within the region.
Very little is known about early settlement
in the Balkans but the Cetina Valley shows signs of a series of
preserved wooden dwellings that may be comparable to the famous
Swiss lake settlements. Early investigations have found a
remarkable variety of objects which appear to have been thrown into
the river deliberately, including swords, helmets, axes and many
stone and metal objects some of which have been, literally, picked
up from the river bed.
Dr Gaffney has described the finds at Cetina
as being amongst the most remarkable of his career.
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