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Mesolithic pendant found in Britain

An 11,000-year-old pendant has been found at an Early Mesolithic site in North Yorkshire. The artwork on the tiny fragile pendant, uncovered by a research team from the Universities of York, Manchester and Chester, is the earliest known Mesolithic art in Britain. Crafted from a single piece of shale, the subtriangular

Mesolithic flint tools found in England

Archaeologists working in Lincolnshire have uncovered hundreds of flint tools that are believed to date back to the Mesolithic period. The team from Allen Archaeology have excavated tonnes of mud from 3 metres below the ground, and sifting the earth has revealed knives probably used for hunting and cutting meat and

8,000-year-old hazelnut shells found in Scotland

Archaeologists have unearthed the remains of hazelnuts eaten 8,000 years ago by people living on the Isle of of Skye. Dan Lee, lifelong learning and outreach archaeologist at UHI, said: "We have found lots of fragments of charred hazelnut shells in the lower soil samples. "They are the ideal thing to date

Britain’s oldest cremated remains

Cremated bone dating back to the Mesolithic period has been found in southeastern England, making it the oldest cremation in Britain. Burnt material, including 118g of cremated bone, was placed into a pit with a diameter of about a metre, and then backfilled with soil. Three radiocarbon dates, two from bone

Meteorite fragment found in Mesolithic home

A fragment of a meteorite has been found in the remains of a Mesolithic home in Poland which dates back 9,000 years. "The meteorite was brought to the shelter as a special object, +not of this world+, which must have been obvious to the contemporary men, knowledgeable of stone raw materials.

Mesolithic settlement found alongside Britain’s A1

A newly discovered Mesolithic settlement has revealed that Britain's longest road, the A1, may actually have been used for 10,000 years. Items discovered at the settlement include flint tools that date back to between 6000 and 8000 BC. Archaeologist Steve Sherlock said: “This was a place that people knew of – a

Irish Mesolithic site destroyed by construction

Road construction into a new housing development in norther island has lead to the destruction of a rare Mesolithic archaeological site. Local historian Peter Carr, who discovered the archaeological site in 1984, says it dates from the era of the first human settlement of Ireland, the early Mesolithic period 8,800-9,800 years

Frogs’ legs eaten in Mesolithic England

The charred remains of a toad dinner, which date back 8,000 years, has been found a mile away from Stonehenge (which was built 5,000 years after the toad was eaten). In April they discovered charred bones of a small animal, and, following assessment by the Natural History Museum, it has been