Iron Age Roundhouse

‘Royal’ Iron Age roundhouse found

One of the biggest Iron Age roundhouses ever found in Scotland has been uncovered during an archaeological dig near Inverurie in Aberdeenshire.

The 2,000-year-old stone building was found in the Bennachie hills on the site of an earlier Bronze Age fort.

The archaeologists who uncovered it said the size of the building suggested it was inhabited by society’s elite.

But they said it was impossible to say what relationship the owners had with Roman soldiers living in nearby camps.

The 20m wide roundhouse was lived in by the predecessors of the Picts around the time of the Roman invasions of northern Scotland.

It was found in an area known as Maiden Castle, at the foot of the Bennachie range’s Mither Tap peak.

Tooth solves Hatshepsut mummy mystery

Archaeologists today used a missing tooth to positively identify the mummy of Hatshepsut, Egypt’s greatest woman pharaoh who reigned more than 3,000 years ago. Zahi Hawass, Egypt’s foremost archaeologist who led the research, said: “This is the most important discovery in the Valley of the Kings since the discovery of King Tutankhamun, and one of the greatest adventures of my life.”

Hatshepsut ruled over Egypt, the most advanced civilisation in the world, for about 15 years (1473-58BC) and was only the second woman known to have assumed the throne.

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