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Iron Age houses weren’t drab

A painted wall which dates back 2,600 years shows that Iron Age houses were decorated in bright patterns.

The dominant colours are red, beige and white. For pigments, the prehistoric painters used substances such as iron oxide, which gives the reddish, ochre colour. The design shows typical ornamental patterns from the Iron Age such as triangles and S-shaped hooks, but also symbolic characters.

“The painted wall possibly decorated the front of an important house,” Meller said.

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Story: The Local | Photo: The Local

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