Carved post dating from the late Mesolithic or early Neolithic era
 
BBC News Wales reports yesterday on a carved post, dating from the late Mesolithic or early Neolithic era (6,270bce), which was found last September at the Maerdy Wind Farm in Rhondda Cynon Taf, South Wales –
 
A Stone Age wooden post that is thought to be one of the oldest artefacts of its kind in Europe has been unearthed at a wind farm site in south Wales.
 
The “intricately” carved timber has been dated as 6,270 years old, from the late Mesolithic or early Neolithic era. The discovery was made in September 2012 at Maerdy Wind Farm in Rhondda Cynon Taf. It is thought the 1.7m (5ft 6in) tall post may have marked a tribal boundary, hunting [g]round or sacred site.
 
The post has been examined by experts from the University of Wales, Trinity St David, and the Glamorgan Gwent Archaeological Trust. It was discovered during work to install a sub-station at the wind farm by Scotland-based firm 2020 Renewables. Alan Baker, of 2020 Renewables, said: “This is a tremendous discovery of real historical significance. It’s very exciting that this discovery has proved to be of such international significance and fully justifies our company policy of protecting sites of historic interest.”
 
Full article here. See also the Project Report by Heritage Recording Services Wales  here which concludes with –
 
This unique and enigmatic timber is now undergoing a conservation program of wax-glycol treatment at the York Archaeological Trust in York, where it is expected to stay until 2014. Once this conservation work is completed the timber will be transferred to the National Museum Cardiff. It is hoped that it will be displayed in the new galleries at the National History Museum, St Fagans.