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"There are still some problems to be solved, and its hoped that this season's researches will throw a flood of light on the period of the underground structures and the people who dwelt in them." urther excavations followed and, between 19, the dwellings we see today were released from their protective cocoons.At the time, the village was thought to be an Iron Age settlement, dating from around 500BC - but this was no Pictish village.Each house shares the same basic design - a large square room, with a central fireplace, a bed on either side and a shelved dresser on the wall opposite the doorway.In its lifetime, Skara Brae became embedded in its own rubbish and this, together with the encroaching sand dunes, meant the village was gradually abandoned.The people worshipped Hathor — the goddess of love, pleasure and maternity — at Timna, and considered her to be the protector of the miners.[See Photos of the Burial and Skeletal Remains in Timna Valley] At the time the pregnant woman lived, Egypt controlled the mines at Timna, suggesting she was Egyptian.It's not known whether the woman traveled to Timna from Egypt while she was pregnant or whether she was impregnated while serving at the Hathor temple, Ben-Yosef said.
Other findings in Timna Valley include preserved leftovers from a mining camp called Slaves' Hill.An examination of her remains indicates she was in her early 20s and in the first trimester of her pregnancy when she died. The woman likely accompanied one of the mining expeditions sent to the Timna Valley to extract copper; she would have served in the Hathor temple while mining operations were underway.The rituals and ceremonies performed at the temple were important, since Hathor was thought to protect the miners.A sea-wall was built to preserve these remains, but during the construction work, yet more ancient buildings were discovered."I hear, says the writer in The Bulletin, that the excavations at Skerrabrae in Orkney, which attracted so much attention last year, are to be resumed at an early date. Gordon Childe will again co-operate with the representatives of the Office of Works.