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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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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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Charcoal burning platforms of the Atlantic woods of Scotland

Charcoal burning platforms of the Atlantic woods of Scotland | microburin mesolithic archaeology | Scoop.it
Analysis of finds from the archaeological excavation of a series of presumed charcoal burning platforms and a lithic scatter at the western end of Loch Doilean in Lochaber in Argyll has revealed ne…
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Yorkshire Stone Age pendant goes on display - BBC News

Yorkshire Stone Age pendant goes on display - BBC News | microburin mesolithic archaeology | Scoop.it
An 11,000-year-old Stone Age pendant discovered in North Yorkshire goes on display at the Yorkshire Museum in York.
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The open-access academic article in Internet Archaeology is at http://intarch.ac.uk/journal/issue40/8/index.html

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Mesolithic Footsteps | Upper Dee Tributaries Project video

Mesolithic Footsteps | Upper Dee Tributaries Project video | microburin mesolithic archaeology | Scoop.it
◊ Dear Microburins, A new video on Vimeo released this month about the project in Scotland. Thanks to Caroline Wickham-Jones for sharing. "Get behind the scenes with archaeologists and scientists as they explore 10,000 years of human history on the Mar Lodge Estate – uncover the links between tiny flint tools, climate change and pit-roast…
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The Gathering Night - Episode 4

The Gathering Night - Episode 4 | microburin mesolithic archaeology | Scoop.it
The Gathering Night, by Margaret Elphinstone

I go back to the Mesolithic in earnest in this episode and talk to Caroline
Wickham-Jones and Spencer Carter about a wonderful tale that is part
prehistorical fiction, part family saga, part whodunnit, the Gathering
Night by Margaret Elphinstone. We also talk about the relative impact of
natural disasters in prehistory.

Links
* The Gathering Night
* Caroline Wickham-Jones' website
* Spencer Carter's Website
* Spencer Carter's Twitter: @microburin
Contact

Kim Biddulph: @kimbiddulph and @schprehistory

Music provided by Nigel Shaw. The track is "Yew" from Dartmoor Roundhouse
by Seventh Wave Music at http://www.seventhwavemusic.co.uk/.

Kim Biddulph Director, Schools Prehistory, www.schoolsprehistory.co.uk
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Robert M Chapple, Archaeologist: Geolocated Radiocarbon Dates from Ireland: An introduction to the data visualisation

Robert M Chapple, Archaeologist: Geolocated Radiocarbon Dates from Ireland: An introduction to the data visualisation | microburin mesolithic archaeology | Scoop.it
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Friend and archaeologist Robert M Chapple has spent the last few years cataloging radiocarbon and dendrochronological dates for Ireland. The latest release has geo-referencing and visualisation for 8288 radiocarbon and 313 dendro dates, including the Mesolithic period. This is a brilliant and agile resource for researchers of any persuasion.

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British Atlantis: archaeologists begin exploring lost world of Doggerland

British Atlantis: archaeologists begin exploring lost world of Doggerland | microburin mesolithic archaeology | Scoop.it
Archaeologists at the University of Bradford will be taking deep sea core samples to find the DNA of Doggerland to reconstruct the environment
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St Martin’s Discovery Is Rewriting The History Books

St Martin’s Discovery Is Rewriting The History Books | microburin mesolithic archaeology | Scoop.it
A discovery made on St Martin’s is changing the way archaeologists think about the islands’ earliest residents. And it turns out they may have had closer links with people hundreds of miles away on...
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Intact Leister spear proves the point

Intact Leister spear proves the point | microburin mesolithic archaeology | Scoop.it
Intact Leister spear proves the point
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Leister prongs and a bone point from the Late Stone Age have been found together, proving that prehistoric eel leisters had a centred point for spearing fish.

 

Wonderful finds!

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7,000-year-old artefacts found during Ulster dig

7,000-year-old artefacts found during Ulster dig | microburin mesolithic archaeology | Scoop.it
Excavation on Tullaghoge Fort hilltop to gather information on crowning ceremonies
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Stone Age village 'washing away'

Stone Age village 'washing away' | microburin mesolithic archaeology | Scoop.it
Time is running out to excavate a Stone Age village off the Isle of Wight submerged by the melting ice at the end of the last Ice Age.
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Mesolithic sanctuary reveals constellation riddle

Mesolithic sanctuary reveals constellation riddle | microburin mesolithic archaeology | Scoop.it
Evidence for ritual and possible astronomical practices during the Mesolithic period, 9000 years ago, has been uncovered in Poland
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North Sea reveals forest buried for 7,000 years and human footprints

North Sea reveals forest buried for 7,000 years and human footprints | microburin mesolithic archaeology | Scoop.it
Ancient tree stumps and logs, preserved by peat and sand, are now clearly visible along a 200 metre stretch of coastline at Low Hauxley near Amble, Northumberland (pictured).
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"That's what archaeology is all about": Mesolithic shaman's necklace in Yorkshire could be earliest art from period found in Britain | Culture24

"That's what archaeology is all about": Mesolithic shaman's necklace in Yorkshire could be earliest art from period found in Britain | Culture24 | microburin mesolithic archaeology | Scoop.it
An 11,000-year-old pendant found at the famous Star Carr site in North Yorkshire is the earliest known Mesolithic art in Britain and could have belonged to a shaman, say archaeologists.
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Nice short article with a selection of images relating to Star Carr.

A few of my own from the original exhibition (now closed) are at http://microburin.com/2013/06/01/sneak-peek-star-carr-exhibition-yorkshire-museum-mesolithic/
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Nut-eating hunter gatherers lived on Skye 8,000 years ago

Nut-eating hunter gatherers lived on Skye 8,000 years ago | microburin mesolithic archaeology | Scoop.it
HAZLENUT shells discovered during an archaeological dig in the Isle of Skye have been proven to be from the hunter gatherer period more than 8,000 years ago.
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Radiocarbon dates have now confirmed the excavated lithics at An Corran date to the Mesolithic period, towards the latter half of the 7th millennium BC. Two fragments of charred hazelnut shell both returned dates of around 6800-6600 cal BC.

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Langford 700AD: Archaeologists reveal how Saxon settlement near Maldon might have looked

Langford 700AD: Archaeologists reveal how Saxon settlement near Maldon might have looked | microburin mesolithic archaeology | Scoop.it
THIS is how a Saxon settlement, built on what is believed to be the oldest cremation site in the UK, might have looked more than 1,300 years ago. Archaeological artist Jon Cane was commissioned to...
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Includes discovery of a Mesolithic cremation.

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Oxford Archaeology - A Mesolithic pit house on the Isle of Man

Oxford Archaeology - A Mesolithic pit house on the Isle of Man | microburin mesolithic archaeology | Scoop.it

A Mesolithic pit house on the Isle of Man      3rd February 2016: In 2009, OA North discovered a Mesolithic pit house at Ronaldsway Airport.

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From the lovely folks at Oxford Archaeology North (Fraser, Antony and the team at Lancaster), an update on completely luscious MESOLITHIC archaeology on the ISLE OF MAN (excavated 2009). OAN often had to work overnight in shifts - it's an airport! 7m diam structure with a hazel floor, c. 8200-7950 cal BC narrow-blade (late, but very early late) lithics, posited by some to be evidence for 'semi-sedentism' and immigrants/refugees/displaced from the drowning Doggerland (contentious). Comparable in some ways to Howick and Low Hauxley* (Northumberland), East Barns and Echline (Scotland), and a hint of similar on the Durham coast (date and microliths).
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* Full publication anticipated later in 2016 by ARS Ltd.

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New research shows Scotland inhabited 3000 years earlier than previously thought

New research shows Scotland inhabited 3000 years earlier than previously thought | microburin mesolithic archaeology | Scoop.it
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Exciting late Glacial Ahrensburgian-style flints from Islay, Inner Hebrides, Scotland.

 

The academic article in Journal of Quaternary Science is a free open-access PDF download | http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/jqs.2781/abstract

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Cryptic Statue Found In Russia Is The Oldest Thing Ever Made Of Wood - Carbonated.tv (blog)

Cryptic Statue Found In Russia Is The Oldest Thing Ever Made Of Wood - Carbonated.tv (blog) | microburin mesolithic archaeology | Scoop.it
The Shigir Idol is from a geological epoch when man had only just become the dominant specie on our planet.
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Mesolithic campsite uncovered in Upper Teesdale, County Durham

Mesolithic campsite uncovered  in Upper Teesdale, County Durham | microburin mesolithic archaeology | Scoop.it
The project, which is led by Paul Frodsham, the Partnership’s Historic Environment Officer, began after the archaeologist was alerted to a large number of stones sticking out of eroding peat at Nat...
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Early Cairngorm mountain people evidence found - BBC News

Early Cairngorm mountain people evidence found - BBC News | microburin mesolithic archaeology | Scoop.it
People were active in the Cairngorm mountains thousands of years earlier than previously thought, according to archaeologists.
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An underwater discovery may have just changed Britain's history forever

An underwater discovery may have just changed Britain's history forever | microburin mesolithic archaeology | Scoop.it
Remarkable new archaeological discoveries are likely to completely rewrite a key part of British prehistory.
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Mesolithic einkorn? In the 7th millennium BC? I suspect there's going to be healthy debate at least around the reliability of the 14C radiocarbon dating (in a marine environment), but nonetheless this site is very exciting in many aspects.

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Neolithic Stepping Stones - Arts & Humanities Research Council

Neolithic Stepping Stones - Arts & Humanities Research Council | microburin mesolithic archaeology | Scoop.it
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At Scilly and Guernsey, they found typical Neolithic occupation features such as rubbish pits and post holes. South Uist yielded the remains of more substantial stone-built architecture, along with 5000 pieces of pottery. With three types of pottery from a period of around 1500 years, this is the second-biggest Neolithic assemblage in the outer Hebrides. It has now been excavated to modern standards and radiocarbon dated.

 

Another exciting find came from the Isles of Scilly dig, which unearthed a stash of around 50 microliths, tiny flint tools from the Mesolithic (pre-Neolithic) era. Rather than being of British design, these are in Belgian and northern French style. “That was very unexpected,” says Garrow. “It tells us that people were sailing between northern France, Belgium and the Isles of Scilly around 6000 BC. It’s a very good sign of pre-Neolithic maritime contact.”

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If You Were Waging a 100 Years War in the Arctic, Where Would You Live?

If You Were Waging a 100 Years War in the Arctic, Where Would You Live? | microburin mesolithic archaeology | Scoop.it
Arctic semi-subterranean housing was an important survival aspect of living in a cold and dangerous climate--and ongoing inter-tribal conflicts.
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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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