UK Mesolithic Sites and Finds | New page added

Go to the UK Mesolithic Sites and Finds pageA 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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Up the creek without a paddle?

Mesolithic canoe Creative Commons 2.0Great story out this week. Decorated and painted paddles dating back to the Ertebølle “culture”—late Mesolithic hunter-gatherer-fisher—have recently been found in Horsens Fjord, Denmark. They were being damaged by strong ocean currents.

“The indispensable dugouts enabled the Ertebølle people to travel far and wide. They could even travel across ice in winter, so it was probably not uncommon for them to meet people of foreign origin.”

The paddles have been Carbon-14 dated to around 4700-4540 BC, the Middle period of the Danish Ertebølle period.

“The painted paddle blades bear witness to the decorations and colours which have undoubtedly been a regular part of everyday life in the Stone Age, but of which we only get the occasional glimpse.”

Read the article | Nov 2012 →
More pictures and coverage | Feb 2012 →
Some more visualisation images* of Mesolithic life →

* Creative Commons 2.0 licenses


In bed with Ray Mears | Wild food and limpets | Creswell cavemen

In bed with Ray Mears

In bed with Ray Mears | Sound asleep : bruised nose : squashed glasses

Oh deary me. One minute I’m looking for salad to accompany a McLimpet® burger with hazelnut relish, the next I’m trapped by the sheer weight of learning.

It’s an enjoyable read, half price at Creswell Crags visitor centre—where I saw the incredibly beautiful 13,000 year old swimming deer on loan from the British Museum—but would have benefited from a little more proof-reading (the book I mean).

PS. If you haven’t been to Creswell in Derbyshire, it is well worth an afternoon. It’s off the M1 motorway near Chesterfield and Bolsover. It’s great for caveman-loving kids too (spot the hyenas, hippos and rather vicious looking bear), with visual technology that lets you explore Britain’s oldest cave art.

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