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The Burton Agnes drum. Source: Chris Trebble / CC by SA 4.0.

The Burton Agnes Drum Changed our Understanding of Prehistoric Britain (Video)


The recent discovery of a 5,000-year-old chalk drum in the UK has transformed our understanding of prehistoric Britain. Unearthed during an excavation near Burton Agnes in East Yorkshire, the drum was found alongside the remains of three children. The intricate carvings of the Burton Agnes drum, featuring geometric shapes, ring marks, and hidden faces, offer valuable insights into the artistic and cultural landscape of the time. Similar drums, known as the "Folkton Drums," were discovered at a separate site, suggesting a connection and shared artistic language during this period. Radiocarbon dating has revealed that these drums are actually 500 years older than previously believed.

The discovery of the Burton Agnes drum highlights the profound influence of death and burial practices on the culture of the time. The drum's discovery in relation to Stonehenge provides insights into the rituals and beliefs of ancient communities. This find emphasizes the interconnectedness of different regions in prehistoric Britain. It challenges previous assumptions and enriches our knowledge of the diverse and vibrant cultures that thrived 5,000 years ago.

Top image: The Burton Agnes drum. Source: Chris Trebble / CC by SA 4.0.

By Robbie Mitchell

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I’m a graduate of History and Literature from The University of Manchester in England and a total history geek. Since a young age, I’ve been obsessed with history. The weirder the better. I spend my days working as a freelance... Read More

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