Monday, March 17, 2008

Thanet Chief 'No Looker' Say Experts

by Isle of Thanet Gazunder Archaeology Correspondent Tim Team

Experts have uncovered the 4,000 year old bones of a Thanet chieftain. The Iron Age burial was discovered during excavation of the 3m sq ft Thanet Earth greenhouse project on the west of the isle.

Head archaeologist Professor Mick Beard told the Gazunder: 'We were amazed at this find. We've spent ten years digging up stuff for Channel 4 and found cock all. Now we've dragged over this old cabbage patch and discovered a skeleton complete with grave goods!'

A beer mug and other status symbols were found in the grave, indicating that the Bronze Age body could have been that of a high ranking official. 'He would have stood about six feet tall, but he was really no beauty,' added Professor Beard.

Artists have now reconstructed what Thanet's top man may have looked like.
Thanet chief 'really no beauty'

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21 comments:

Rick said...

The Armed Forces are thinking of DNA recording all soldiers.

So, I admit to an unworthy interest in the DNA profile of the younger Prince ? Harry I think his name is. The one the Army call "The Ginger Tankie" ?

I wonder if the antient Thanet Chieftain was buried but his old retainer (The Paul Burrell of his day) had already snaffled anything of future historical interest and value ?

A DNA sample from the old bones compared to DNA samples in Thanet now would probably bear testament to the fact that Thanetians never got on their bikes to find work ?

Eric said...

BBC Kent have the following:

"Education officer Marion Green said the "beautifully decorated" pot could have been 'a type of beer mug'

She said tests on beakers from other sites suggested Bronze Age man was brewing a type of beer from grain"

Currently available from Eddie Gadd

Anonymous said...

Some things never change!

Anonymous said...

Your friend the aluminium lump is back it's been over 3 times in the last 20 minutes. And Matt Clarke the boss of Manston couold not be bothered to even turn up to the last two airport committee meetings according to last week's Gazette.

Anonymous said...

Make that four times.

Anonymous said...

Five

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Six

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Seven

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Eight

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Nine

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Ten

Anonymous said...

That picture's very funny, made I larff....

Anonymous said...

Eleven

Anonymous said...

Anyway you get the picture. I will update you when it stops.

Anonymous said...

22 was the final tally.

Anonymous said...

I'm shocked & appalled that an official photograph of mine (can’t recall whether it’s TDC or Carpet Underlay National Taskforce) has been defaced in such a cynical & politically motivated act. I intend to have a word with a friend of mine, an expert in internet defamation, to secure redress.

Big S

derick97 said...

to rick
8.59
Why the hell should we,
I was born in Ramsgate in 1955,
my parents were born here in Ramsgate, mother 1919,
father 1917.
If all you can write is drivell, why bother, you seem to have a lot to say for yourself.
"you do not come frome here" and i for one can do without such twaddle
derick

P.Rick said...

You can't beat good ol' in bred tradition.

B of Birchington said...

This may surprise you Rick but there are some people in Thanet who have never been out of work. I admit I do not work now but as a 74 year old I feel I have done my bit. However I have nevr claimed the dole in my life and I have always managed to pay my way. Amazingly too there are more of us and somewhat younger still working.

Eastcliff Richard said...

Contrary to popular belief I manage to eke out a living too, despite being a Ramsgatonian, without any recourse to the taxpayers' purse.

Anonymous said...

sandy never looked better,the high forehead and the glint of semi-intelligence in the eyes is a dead giveaway,oh and bye the way DVT says HI.