Early Neolithic Well of Altscherbitz dated at 5101 BC.
|One of the corners of the base-frame of the well held together by a keyed mortise and tenon joint|
"Within the pit a wooden chamber built out of large oak timbers has been constructed in log cabin style with interlocking notches near the corners. All in all, 23 pairs of timbers could be documented, although the upper ones were in a very poor condition. This construction was founded on a quadratic frame fashioned from four heavy oak timbers that were held together by mortise and tenon joints.
This type of joint was already known for the Early Neolithic from the well of ZwenkauEythra (Saxony, Germany), but the tenons in the frame from Altscherbitz are additionally secured by wedges. It is the first time this carpentry technique, the so called keyed tenon joint, has been recorded for the Early Neolithic. The timbers from the construction can be dendrochronologically dated towards the end of the 52nd century BCE (dendrochronological analysis is still in progress by Willy Tegel, DendroNet). On one piece of wood from the construction pit the last ring under the bark was present and points to the winter of 5102/5101 BCE for the felling of the trees."
Hang on a minute Oak timbers have been constructed in 'Log Cabin Style' techniques - if that is the case why do our archaeologists insist that our ancestors lived in round 'Mud Huts' ?
If you have the carpentry skills to make a log cabin - would you not do so??
If to have the ability to lock 23 pairs of timbers together, could you not also make a wooden boat?
Yet more 'inconvenient' questions archaeology can not answer - fortunately in The Stonehenge Enigma - we do!!
(by Robert John Langdon)