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UK Mesolithic Projects, Sites and Finds

UK Mesolithic Projects, Sites and Finds | microburin mesolithic archaeology | Scoop.it

A selective list of recent projects, excavations and discoveries. Includes websites where available and media coverage—look out for the “biggest, tallest, deepest, oldest” headlines.

 

Regional research frameworks, also included, provide a useful review of current knowledge across periods and heritage themes, archaeological assets, historical contexts, gaps in knowledge, research priority recommendations and extensive bibliographies.

 

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populating the mesolithic | stones tell stories

 

Microburin.com is my blog, a space for idea sharing. It’s also a space where I want to present the projects I am working on, and get your feedback. It will be evident very quickly that I walk on and in peat bogs, dales, valleys and rivers, wet places, that I love the wild landscapes of north-east England.

 

I want to populate and engender a distant period in our past. When you layer people, their lives, their children and elders, their priorities, insecurities, challenges, stories and memories, successes and their humanity—people just like you and me—upon the artefacts we dig up, you can only then start to ask how and why they did what they did, why we do what we do today, and what on earth we will do next. We tend to repeat past mistakes, and we seldom learn from those that tried it already.

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UK Mesolithic Projects, Sites and Finds

UK Mesolithic Projects, Sites and Finds | microburin mesolithic archaeology | Scoop.it

A selective list of recent projects, excavations and discoveries. Includes websites where available and media coverage—look out for the “biggest, tallest, deepest, oldest” headlines.

 

Regional research frameworks, also included, provide a useful review of current knowledge across periods and heritage themes, archaeological assets, historical contexts, gaps in knowledge, research priority recommendations and extensive bibliographies.

 

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The Holmegaard Bow Reconstruction. - Digital Digging

The Holmegaard Bow Reconstruction. - Digital Digging | microburin mesolithic archaeology | Scoop.it
The Holmegaard Bow Reconstruction.
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This informative article by Jake Rowland (Digital Digging) offers insights into the design, construction and use of the mesolithic bow discovered at Holmegaard (Holmegårds Mose) in Denmark, dated to around 7000 BC. Two bows were discovered in 1944, one complete, and are now in the Nationalmuseet, Copenhagen.

 

Jake takes us through each of the steps, including the lithic (flint) technology brought to bear – and not without some damage to his adze which makes for interesting testing against our lithic artefactual records. He makes good observations about the effectiveness of flint versus chert (adze) and scrapers versus blades.

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Dunragit road works unearth ancient treasure trove

Dunragit road works unearth ancient treasure trove | microburin mesolithic archaeology | Scoop.it
AN IRON Age village along with a host of ancient artefacts including tools and jewellery have been discovered on a construction site of a new bypass for a Scottish town.
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Over 13,500 Mesolithic lithics plus Whitby Jet necklaces from the Bronze Age - 160 miles away...

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▶ Mesolith - Building the First House _ IADT/UCD Short 2013 - YouTube

MESOLITHIC - BUILDING THE FIRST HOUSE Director: Greg Colley Duration: 6 mins A short documentary following the journey from scattered materials to completed ...
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Mitochondrial Genome Sequencing in Mesolithic North East Europe Unearths a New Sub-Clade within the Broadly Distributed Human Haplogroup C1

Mitochondrial Genome Sequencing in Mesolithic North East Europe Unearths a New Sub-Clade within the Broadly Distributed Human Haplogroup C1 | microburin mesolithic archaeology | Scoop.it
PLOS ONE: an inclusive, peer-reviewed, open-access resource from the PUBLIC LIBRARY OF SCIENCE. Reports of well-performed scientific studies from all disciplines freely available to the whole world.
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Tweet from @microburin

Tweet from @microburin | microburin mesolithic archaeology | Scoop.it
Does size really matter #FlintFriday? Early & Late #Mesolithic microliths from North Yorkshire. Summut odd happn'd. http://t.co/J0QZYHzCGB
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Archaeologists say Stonehenge was "London of the Mesolithic" in Amesbury investigation | Culture24

Archaeologists say Stonehenge was "London of the Mesolithic" in Amesbury investigation | Culture24 | microburin mesolithic archaeology | Scoop.it
Amesbury is the oldest settlement in Britain and has been continually occupied since 8820 BC, say archaeologists investigating bull bones and pink flints.
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Pat Hadley – A whistlestop tour of the Mesolithic | Bettakultcha

Pat Hadley – A whistlestop tour of the Mesolithic | Bettakultcha | microburin mesolithic archaeology | Scoop.it
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Knife find is a clue to Stone Age life - Swindon Advertiser

Knife find is a clue to Stone Age life - Swindon Advertiser | microburin mesolithic archaeology | Scoop.it
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The Mesolithic-era object, which was used as a multi-edged blade, is among a number of significant new finds in the parish.
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Ancient European farmers and hunter-gatherers coexisted, sans sex ...

Ancient European farmers and hunter-gatherers coexisted, sans sex ... | microburin mesolithic archaeology | Scoop.it
Neolithic hunter-gatherers and farmers lived side by side without having sex for more than 2000 years, new research suggests. Analysis of fossil skeletons unearthed in a cave in Germany revealed that the two populations ...
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Surrey County Council - A Mesolithic site at North Park Farm Quarry Bletchingley

Surrey County Council - A Mesolithic site at North Park Farm Quarry Bletchingley | microburin mesolithic archaeology | Scoop.it

The most exciting evidence to emerge was, however, of Mesolithic date. A series of pits were identified, including several clusters. These are themselves of considerable interest and importance as deliberately dug pits of this date have only rarely been identified. Their significance was, however, greatly enhanced by the identification of a 'buried soil', containing only material of Mesolithic date, and in some quantity, within a topographic hollow occupying an area of almost 1Ha.

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English 'beat French to frogs legs'

English 'beat French to frogs legs' | microburin mesolithic archaeology | Scoop.it
A major archaeological dig unearths evidence of frogs legs being eaten in the UK, some 8,000 years before France, organisers say.
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Is the A1 10,000 years old? Ancient 'service station' unearthed

Is the A1 10,000 years old? Ancient 'service station' unearthed | microburin mesolithic archaeology | Scoop.it
The Mesolithic settlement was unearthed beside the modern A-road near Catterick, North Yorkshire. Flint tools dating between 6000 and 8000 BC were also found.
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While it might be a terrible headline, the upgrading of the A1 to motorway status between Leeming and Barton (North Yorkshire) offered an opportunity to re-explore the Early Mesolithic site at Little Holtby. Previous evaluation work recovered flint tools of "Deepcar" type - thought to date a little later than "Star Car" obliquely truncated microliths and indicating a river-based mobility between east coast flint sources (chalk, beach and tills), the lowlands (Vale of Mowbray) and foothills of the eastern Pennines. The River Swale seems to have been a significant transit route throughout the Mesolithic.

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Ballymaglaff Stone Age site 'lost because of planning error' - BelfastTelegraph.co.uk

Ballymaglaff Stone Age site 'lost because of planning error' - BelfastTelegraph.co.uk | microburin mesolithic archaeology | Scoop.it
Planners have launched a probe following claims that a rare site where early humans settled has been badly damaged without carrying out proper archaeological investigation.
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Discovering the heart of prehistoric Galloway

Discovering the heart of prehistoric Galloway | microburin mesolithic archaeology | Scoop.it
Over the last couple of years, GUARD Archaeology teams led by GUARD Archaeologists Warren Bailie and Kevin Mooney, have discovered a range of prehistoric archaeology spanning 7000 years of activity, during excavations undertaken in advance of the A75 Dunragit Bypass in Dumfries and Galloway in south-west Scotland.
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Works unearth rare Stone Age remains

Works unearth rare Stone Age remains | microburin mesolithic archaeology | Scoop.it

Fetcham, Surrey | Rare archaeological findings dating back 10,000 years were unearthed during work to replace water mains.

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Mesolithic activity along a river terrace, plus a Roman villa.

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Archaeologists unearth 10,000 year-old secrets under Pembrokeshire hills

Archaeologists unearth 10,000 year-old secrets under Pembrokeshire hills | microburin mesolithic archaeology | Scoop.it
Carbon dating techniques have revealed artefacts found, including ancient beads and pottery, may date back to the Mesolithic period, over 10,000 years ago
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Spanish hunter-gatherer had blue eyes and dark skin

Spanish hunter-gatherer had blue eyes and dark skin | microburin mesolithic archaeology | Scoop.it
La Braña 1, name used to baptize a 7,000 years old individual from the Mesolithic Period, whose remains were recovered at La Braña-Arintero site in Valdelugueros (León, Spain) had blue eyes and dark skin. These details are the result of a study conducted by Carles Lalueza-Fox, researcher from the ...
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Interactive Mesolithic and Neolithic... - As Manx as the Hills | Facebook

Interactive Mesolithic and Neolithic Timeline (c.10,000-6000 BCE) produced by British History Podcast, which is a website dedicated to the chronological...
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Tsunami 8,200 years ago wiped out tribes on ‘Britain’s Atlantis’

Tsunami 8,200 years ago wiped out tribes on ‘Britain’s Atlantis’ | microburin mesolithic archaeology | Scoop.it
Research has modelled in detail a historic and deadly tsunami. The most accurate computer models suggest it devastated landmasses.
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Link road yields Stone Age flints

Link road yields Stone Age flints | microburin mesolithic archaeology | Scoop.it
Prehistoric flints and evidence of early Iron Age industry are found along the Hastings to Bexhill link road under construction.
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Palaeolithic, Mesolithic, Neolithic and more. "Some scatters represent camps, whilst others are evidence for short-stay hunting sites close to wetlands."

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Early Britons Ate Roasted Toads - Sci-Tech Today

Early Britons Ate Roasted Toads - Sci-Tech Today | microburin mesolithic archaeology | Scoop.it
Early Britons Ate Roasted Toads Sci-Tech Today Natural History Museum and University College, London, researcher Simon Parfitt said that the dig had provided experts a glimpse of a Mesolithic menu that also included fish, hazelnuts, berries, deer,...
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10,000 year old bones are earliest from northern Britain –...

10,000 year old bones are earliest from northern Britain –... | microburin mesolithic archaeology | Scoop.it
The earliest known human bone from northern Britain, following the retreat of the polar conditions of the last Ice Age
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Amazing early find at Bradford Kaims

Amazing early find at Bradford Kaims | microburin mesolithic archaeology | Scoop.it
This is a slightly delayed post about an extraordinary find that we made at the Bradford Kaims excavation towards the end of the Summer season. It has taken some time for us to work out the beginni...
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This place is becoming increasingly interesting, with reasonably good organic survival. We seem to be somewhere between the very Late Mesolithic ("terminal" mesolithic) and very early Neolithic (ceramics present). Here's a project to watch very carefully.

 

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Dig 'could explain' Stonehenge past

Dig 'could explain' Stonehenge past | microburin mesolithic archaeology | Scoop.it
A group of archaeologists is undertaking a major dig in Wiltshire, which it is hoped could explain why Stonehenge was built where it was.
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Great hopes for this.

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