Swiss archaeologists find 5,000-year-old door

Oct 20, 2010
This undated photo provided by the Hochbaudepartment Zurich shows a 5,000-year old door that archaeologists in the Swiss city of Zurich have found and may be the oldest ever found in Europe. Chief archaeologist Niels Bleicher says the ancient poplar wood door is "solid and elegant" with well-preserved hinges and a "remarkable" design for holding the boards together. Bleicher said Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2010 the door has been dated to around 3,100-years B.C. (AP Photo/Hochbaudepartment Zurich, Handout)

(AP) -- Archaeologists in the Swiss city of Zurich have unearthed a 5,000-year-old door that may be one of the oldest ever found in Europe.

The ancient poplar wood door is "solid and elegant" with well-preserved hinges and a "remarkable" design for holding the boards together, chief archaeologist Niels Bleicher said Wednesday.

Using tree rings to determine its age, Bleicher believes the door could have been made in the year 3,063 B.C. - around the time that construction on Britain's world famous Stonehenge monument began.

"The door is very remarkable because of the way the planks were held together," Bleicher told The Associated Press.

Harsh climatic conditions at the time meant people had to build solid houses that would keep out much of the cold wind that blew across , and the door would have helped, he said. "It's a clever design that even looks good."

The door was part of a settlement of so-called "stilt houses" frequently found near lakes about a thousand years after agriculture and animal husbandry were first introduced to the pre-Alpine region.

It is similar to another door found in nearby Pfaeffikon, while a third - made from one solid piece of wood - is believed to be even older, possibly dating back to 3,700 B.C., said Bleicher.

The latest find was discovered at the dig for what is intended to be a new underground car park for Zurich's opera house.

have found traces of at least five Neolithic villages believed to have existed at the site between 3,700 and 2,500 years B.C., including objects such as a flint dagger from what is now Italy and an elaborate hunting bow.

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xznofile
5 / 5 (2) Oct 20, 2010
would like to see a drawing of the construction technique & the kind of tools used to shape the wood
getgoa
1 / 5 (3) Oct 21, 2010
This is another article that proves nothing new is under the sun:

Ecclesiastes 1:10 found 6
Nothing under the sun is new, neither is any man able to say: Behold this is new: for it hath already gone before in the ages that were before us.

**obviously this wood was preserved what was it? most wood petrifies in years**http://www.icr.or...petrify/
dimensions of door?

There is a lot of work to be done in science--for one the lineages of NOE have to be found--the bible says man is NOT all the same but are descendants of NOE--The ark had to be built by preserving the wood and had to have been before this door was found.

In this regard for example humans would be more like shitzu's and Collies where jobs are specific to each dog, meaning a shitzu does not do a Collie's work and vice versa to avoid battle.

People will find out they are not all the same and different for a reason.