◊ Dear Microburins,
Here are a couple of ranty reads with mentions of the Mesolithic.
First is another great post from Caroline Wickham-Jones on her Mesolithic archaeology blog. Caroline (pictured) eloquently expounds some of the problems with typology-based dating.
“It is important to remember that type fossils are a tool that speaks to us, rather than one that we should force to fit in. We need to look at our finds and think carefully about what they might mean.”
Second up is an article I wrote for the Hands on Middlesbrough heritage campaigning group challenging the alleged suggestion, made in 2012, “that Middlesbrough has no archaeology”. Middlesbrough and its neighbouring boroughs, and Teesside overall, have an amazing portfolio of over 10,000 years of archaeology and built heritage! I offer some tips — against the value of heritage, the historic and archaeological environments — for easy steps to take in championing our shared past. A recommended reading list, much available online, and links to related resources are included at the end of the article.
- “Middlesbrough has no Archaeology?” The Unique Archaeology of Teesside (PDF, January 2017) » Feel free to distribute this
- Hands on Middlesbrough website | Facebook »
- Council for British Archaeology | Local Heritage Engagement Network (CBA LHEN) »