2014.08.18【英译中】 英格兰石器时代遗址(六)

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英格兰石器时代遗址(六)

Today only 10 percent of the Ness has been excavated, with many more stone structures known to be lurking under the turf nearby. But this small sample of the site has opened an invaluable window into the past and yielded thousands of priceless artifacts: ceremonial mace heads, polished stone axes, flint knives, a human figurine, miniature thumb pots, beautifully crafted stone spatulas, colored pottery far more refined and delicate than anyone had expected for its time, and more than 650 pieces of Neolithic art, by far the largest collection ever found in Britain.

今天,对尼斯的发掘,只占已知建筑面积的10%。那附近的草皮之下还埋藏着更多的石制建筑。但这些已知的发掘却为我们打开了一扇通往过去的大门,并带着我们取得了数以千计的珍贵文物:礼仪权杖头,磨光石斧,石刀,人的雕像,微型拇指盆,制作精美的石铲,彩陶。这些艺术品比同时代的更为精致细腻,其细腻的程度大大超过了人们的预计。同时出土了超过650片新石器时代的陶器碎片。这是迄今为止英国规模最大的一次发现。


Before visiting the Ness, I tended to view Stone Age sites with indifferent curiosity. The lives of the long-ago inhabitants seemed far removed and alien. But art offers a glimpse into the minds and imaginations of the people who create it. At the Ness I found myself looking into a world I could comprehend, even if its terms were radically different from my own.

在参观尼斯之前,我对石器时代遗址毫无兴趣。史前居民的生活似乎对我们来说极为遥远和陌生。但是这些艺术品却给我们一个一窥创造者的才智与想象力的机会。在尼斯,我发现自己寻找到一个我可以完全理解的世界,即使其中世界的规则与我所在的世界完全不同。


“Nowhere else in all Britain or Ireland have such well-preserved stone houses from the Neolithic survived, so Orkney is already punching above its weight,” says Antonia Thomas, an archaeologist at the University of the Highlands and Islands. “To be able to link these structures with art, to see in such a direct and personal way how people embellished their surroundings, is really something.”

来自苏格兰高地和群岛大学考古学家,安东尼·托马斯说到:“在英格兰和爱尔兰,已经找不到保存如此完好的石制建筑了,所以奥克尼遗址显得尤为重要”。 “他们很好的将建筑与艺术结合起来。史前的人们能够用如此直接和个性化的方式美化自身周围的环境,真是了不起。”

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