Lindisfarne Gospels come home | Community volunteering opportunity : Summer 2013

lindisfarne_lgHello microburins,

This is definitely not Mesolithic, but compelling nonetheless for anyone in North East England. The famous Lindisfarne Gospels are coming to the ancient city of Durham this summer. There are fantastic opportunities for community participation and volunteering for folks in North East England—to promote education and enjoyment of one of the World’s greatest books dating to the 7th century AD.

LindisfarmeGospelsCoverVolunteers are being sought to work with their local museum on Lindisfarne Gospels related activities to help celebrate the exhibition in Durham this summer.

From 1 July to 30 September this precious manuscript will go on show in a must-see exhibition in Durham University’s Palace Green Library. Please read this news release to find out how to get involved.

Love the rich, distinctive heritage of North East England


Holy Island | Durham University Archaeology fieldtrip 1985

Holy Island | Durham University Archaeology fieldtrip 1985


Severn Estuary | Mesolithic rescue archaeology ahead of barrage

GoldcliffExtending from human and animal footprints preserved in mud at Goldcliff East (Newport, south Wales), Prof Martin Bell (University of Reading) heads a project to recover Mesolithic artefactual and environmental evidence ahead of the construction of the Severn barrage. The barrage will artificially raise water levels and so the archaeology is at risk of silting and erosion.

Prof Bell said the proposed Severn tidal barrage would have “very serious consequences” on a site that was “giving archaeologists an unparalleled glimpse into the life of a Stone Age settlement”.

» BBC coverage 6-Jan-2013 |  » Mesolithic News | UK Mesolithic Sites and Finds

Mesolithic | Hazel Nuts : Britain’s first farmed food? | Guest blog

HazelnutsHazel Nuts: Britain’s first farmed food? Part 3 »

Francis Pryor’s (blog) experiments with our first Great British Post-Glacial staple. The humble hazelnut: favourite of our Mesolithic ancestors, gathered (excuse the pun?) by the quantities found on some sites like Howick, Northumberland. But why did they burn them | or how did they get burnt? Hazelnuts are also a staple for archaeologists who want and need Radiocarbon (AMS) dating for their sites. They’re a short-lived species and therefore much better than “old wood”.

I mean the hazelnuts, not the archaeologists.

Spence | Old Wood