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New dating technique shows Britain’s first “building boom”

A new dating technique shows that the Neolithic period had a slow start followed by a sharp growth in trade and technology.

“What we thought before was very imprecise. We simply knew that all sorts of different sites and all sorts of new kinds of practices started to happen sometime in the 500 or 600 years of the early Neolithic in Britain.

“We’ve actually now been able to give a timetable, or story of what happened when, to disentangle these things so that we can start to see why certain things may have followed others.”

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Story: Pallab Ghosh, BBC News | Photo: English Heritage

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