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A flair for imperfections | Finding children in the Mesolithic?

A flair for imperfections | Finding children in the Mesolithic? | microburin mesolithic archaeology | Scoop.it
To most people, a useless flint axe is just that. To archaeologist Sigrid Alræk Dugstad, it is a source of information about Stone Age children.
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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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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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I thought they had this figured out.

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Storegga Mesolithic tsunami | Is there evidence in the Tees area?

Storegga Mesolithic tsunami | Is there evidence in the Tees area? | microburin mesolithic archaeology | Scoop.it
Drowned memories?

With the talk and excitement about evidence for the devastating tsunami on the Northumberland coast, I’ve seen a few search engine questions as to whether there’s evidence in the River Tees area and along the Yorkshire coast. Let’s take a look?

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Northumberland archaeological dig brings up Tsunami theory

Northumberland archaeological dig brings up Tsunami theory | microburin mesolithic archaeology | Scoop.it
A Northumberland dig has uncovered evidence of a huge tsunami 8000 years ago which helped cut Britain off from the Continent
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Compelling evidence for the inwash seen on a personal visit this August (2013) - a thick layer of sand, stones and shell fragments over the Low Hauxley site with organic humus above and below.

 

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Video: Mesolithic calendar found in Aberdeenshire field

Video: Mesolithic calendar found in Aberdeenshire field | microburin mesolithic archaeology | Scoop.it

A University of Birmingham project believes Aberdeenshire’s prehistoric hunter-gatherer tribes may have been among the first humans to form a concept of time over 10,000 years ago.

The structure, in Warren Field, near Banchory, enabled them to prepare for changes in food supply.

They have found evidence the tribes built a giant “year clock”, which is capable of tracking the passing of lunar months and linking these to the changing of the seasons.

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Good video - Vince Gaffney explains the findings.

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'World's oldest calendar' in field

'World's oldest calendar' in field | microburin mesolithic archaeology | Scoop.it
Archaeologists believe they have discovered the world's oldest known calendar in an Aberdeenshire field.
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Stonehenge occupied 5000 yrs earlier | Mesolithic finds at Amesbury

Stonehenge occupied 5000 yrs earlier | Mesolithic finds at Amesbury | microburin mesolithic archaeology | Scoop.it
An excavation funded with redundancy money proves people lived at Stonehenge 3,000 years before it was built.
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The finds include an array of faunal remains - aurochs and boar included. Reminds me that my own Mesolithic work is funded by redundancy for now.

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A flair for imperfections | Finding children in the Mesolithic?

A flair for imperfections | Finding children in the Mesolithic? | microburin mesolithic archaeology | Scoop.it
To most people, a useless flint axe is just that. To archaeologist Sigrid Alræk Dugstad, it is a source of information about Stone Age children.
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One of my favourite subjects!

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buildingmesolithic | Reconstructing Mount Sandel Mesolithic house

buildingmesolithic | Reconstructing Mount Sandel Mesolithic house | microburin mesolithic archaeology | Scoop.it

UCD School of Archaeology are building a Mesolithic house | reconstruction of Mount Sandel

 

"In the centuries following 8000 BC a distinctive architectural tradition appears in the archaeological record of Mesolithic Ireland and Britain. These large (sub-)circular post-defined buildings with central fire places were constructed by groups of hunter-gatherers. They are the earliest type of building found in Ireland and amongst the  earliest architectural forms in Britain. More are being found frequently by archaeologists – with four new houses reported over one week end in November 2012." | Read more

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It'll be interesting to see if evidence is intepreted any differently to the Howick (Northumberland) "tepee" reconstruction. Post-hole angles play an important role.

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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.

 

Feel free to contribute more!

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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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Hunter-gatherers got on fine with Europe's first farmers - life - 10 October 2013 - New Scientist

Hunter-gatherers got on fine with Europe's first farmers - life - 10 October 2013 - New Scientist | microburin mesolithic archaeology | Scoop.it
After the first farmers colonised Europe, local hunter-gatherers hung around for two millennia, living alongside their agricultural competitors
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I think this explains a good deal of evidence from noerhern England too where the Neolithic transition is piecemeal.

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Evidence found of ancient tsunami

Evidence found of ancient tsunami | microburin mesolithic archaeology | Scoop.it
Evidence is uncovered of a huge tsunami, which cut Britain off from the rest of Europe 8,000 years ago.
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The latest media coverage and a short video from BBC Look North. The Storegga slide tsunami occurred around 6100BC, sealing the separation of Britain from continental Europe.

The thick layer of marine pebbles, stones and fragments of shell covers the site with later Mesolithic organic layers containing flints and charred hazelnuts sitting on top. One wonders about the effect on surviving coastal communities at the time and how long the fear of surging sea endured? We have more recent world experiences to ponder.

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Archaeologists find Mesolithic fish trap at Dublin quays site

Archaeologists find Mesolithic fish trap at Dublin quays site | microburin mesolithic archaeology | Scoop.it
The item – found at Diageo construction site on Victoria Quay – is believed to date back to the mesolithic age.
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One of Europe's oldest decorative wood carvings unearthed on Welsh mountainside

One of Europe's oldest decorative wood carvings unearthed on Welsh mountainside | microburin mesolithic archaeology | Scoop.it
The timber - with intricate pattern on one side and oval motif at one end - is thought to be a marker post for a tribal boundary, hunting ground or sacred site
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After the Ice | Major Star Carr exhibition opens at Yorkshire Museum ...

After the Ice | Major Star Carr exhibition opens at Yorkshire Museum ... | microburin mesolithic archaeology | Scoop.it
What were hard, crisp and tangible testaments to Mesolithic lifestyles—barbed points, supposed “head-dresses”, the working of antler, bone and wood, birch rolls and more—are now feeble ghosts of their former selves, if they survive ...
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North East Scotland Archaeological Research Society | Fieldwork recovers early-to-late Mesolithic

North East Scotland Archaeological Research Society | Fieldwork recovers early-to-late Mesolithic | microburin mesolithic archaeology | Scoop.it
North East Scotland Archaeological Research Society is a group of local people with archaeological experience keen to find out more about the archaeology of North East Scotland.
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Several projects are recovering early to late Mesolithic lithics. This is one to watch especially since Scotland now boasts late glacial flints dating to before the Younger Dryas stadial, 13,000 bp (Ahrensburgian shouldered points). Will NESARS discover more? Considering that the Mesolithic was all but absent from Scotland until a couple of decades ago, a major rethink is underway.

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Digging deep to meet stone age ancestors | Whitby Gazette

Digging deep to meet stone age ancestors | Whitby Gazette | microburin mesolithic archaeology | Scoop.it
When asked to showcase the result of a two-week dig at Goldsborough, archaeologist Rachel Grahame holds up a brick of charred sandstone and several pieces of flint no bigger than a fingernail.
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Dig discovers 9,000-year-old remains at Didcot

Dig discovers 9,000-year-old remains at Didcot | microburin mesolithic archaeology | Scoop.it
ARCHAEOLOGISTS have proved for the first time that people started living in the Didcot area as early as 9,000 years ago.
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