Mesolithic Forum | Don Henson hosts a discussion at University of York (Youtube)

Don’s PhD research questions whether the Mesolithic exists, how it has been perceived and how public perceptions might be influenced, developed, nurtured—more so now that “Prehistory” is part of the National Curriculum for the first time.

So what is the Mesolithic? What other words does “it” invoke?

  • Youtube recording (slides not visible but audio is good), approx. 1hr 4mins »
    12 March 2014

PS, devil’s advocate would be to replace the functional-typological-technological epithets implied in “lithic”. One could just as well say “-dendritic”, “Antler Age”, the “Age of Harmony and Synergy”, “Hazelnutique”, “Materiality”? Oh, good grief. However, I really do agree that the “period” is tantalising and stimulating, perhaps “just beyond reach” as was mentioned.

Good to hear Harry’s and Pat’s voices, humour and inquisition.


Multimedia Mesolithic | Video visuals

A few great watchables on YouTube.

Image_PedersenLate Glacial and Mesolithic in the UK | Kristian Pedersen (Edinburgh University) lecture

This lecture focuses on the English–Scottish border region but provides an excellent overview of knowledge, challenges and opportunities. As well as tying material culture into climatic change events, Kristian also provides definitions and explanations for some material culture nomenclature in a European context, like Hamburgian, Creswellian, etc. | 48 min Jan 2011

Sea Level Rise: 13,000 bp to 5,000 bp in the British Mesolithic |
Animated output of paleoclimate model at 30 arc-second, 20 year resolution, 200 years per second. Sea level is calibrated to Global Sea Level estimates with data points at 1000 year intervals. This model does not yet account for isostacy (land rise), or glaciation | 48 sec (no audio) Jun 2011

Image_RC810 Radiocarbon Dates of the British Upper Paleolithic/Mesolithic |
Animation visualising calibrated radiocarbon dates from the Council for British Archaeology’s Radiocarbon Database | 40 sec (no audio) Dec 2011

Seabed Prehistory | Wessex Archaeology
Image_SeabedArchaeologists have created a 3D visualisation of a whole prehistoric landscape now submerged 20 metres under the English Channel, and 8 miles off the West Sussex coast. This is how they believe it may have looked over 8000 years ago, based upon environmental and geophysical surveys; an estuary populated by families living from the river, sea and land; a river surrounded by salt marsh and forest | 4m 16s (with audio) 2006