Friday, 11 September 2009

Gibson lodges motion on 5,000 year old find

News release
Immediate release

Highlands and Islands SNP MSP Rob Gibson has lodged a motion in the Scottish Parliament congratulating the EASE Archeological dig on Westray which unearthed a 5,000 Neolithic figure.

The figure which is though to be a representation of a Goddess is the oldest such figure to be discovered in Scotland which has caused a stir around the world.

Mr Gibson said….

"This is a major find which enhances Orkney's reputation as an archeological treasure trove. It places another piece in the jigsaw of neolithic Northern Europe history and shows that there is still more to be discovered."

"I am glad that Historic Scotland decided to extend the dig. Understanding our past is important to the present and future. That is why archeological digs such as the one on Westray are important."


Note copy of motion:
S3M-04789 Rob Gibson (Highlands and Islands) (Scottish National Party): Neolithic Orcadian Figure— That the Parliament notes the major find of a 5,000-year-old neolithic figure, thought to be a representation of a goddess, at the Noltland dig on the island of Westray; asserts that this is a major world-wide find that enhances Orkney’s reputation as an archaeological treasure trove; praises the expertise and dedication of the EASE Archaeology team that is carrying out the excavation on behalf of Historic Scotland; applauds the decision to extend the dig on Orkney, and looks forward with anticipation to the next find.

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