The research is looking into traces of life from the end of the last Ice Age
Research begun today in Groningen to take a look into the distant past. A specially-designed mechanical drilling rig begun digging into the ground near the FC Groningen stadium, reports the GIC.
Archeaologists are hoping to uncover evidence of people in the Mesolithic period (Middle Stone Age), a culture period that started after the end of the last ice age about 10,500BCE.
The company Raap BV has been commissioned by the municipality of Groningen to investigate traces from the Stone Age in the car park ‘P2’ opposite the Euroborg and will spend a week digging, says the Gemeente Gronginen.
Because the car park is unsuitable for trench-based research, the chosen solution involves drilling into the ground 140 times with the aid of the specialised rig. This helps researchers analyse the top half-metre of cover sand, in which flint artefacts could be found, sampled and stored.
“This way we can hopefully catch a glimpse of the activities of the Stone Age man”, according to the municipality of Groningen.
Image via the GIC