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By Andrew Hayes

ISBN-10: 0713473053

ISBN-13: 9780713473056

"This is a advisor to the archaeology of the British Isles, from the Ice Age to the medieval interval. starting with an creation to the tools and methods of contemporary archaeology, the writer strikes directly to hide the archaeology of the British Isles, facing such questions as: while the British Isles have been first inhabited; how the nice Neolithic monuments have been deliberate and outfitted; and the effect of the Roman Conquest. The advisor is done through an in depth gazetteer of 468 websites that may be visited."

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Characteristic of the tools used by these highly adaptable peoples were the miniature flints that archaeologists call ‘microliths’, or ‘small stones’. These were made either by striking miniature flint nuclei to make tiny blades, or by breaking up normal-sized blades. They would then have been mounted, using resin, in wood or bone handles to form the cutting edges of finished tools. As they are quite different from all previous tool types Professor Clark coined the term ‘Mesolithic’, or ‘Middle Stone Age’, to describe the postGlacial microlithusing cultures.

After the land had been cleared the vegetation would probably have been set alight for the ash to act as a natural fertilizer. Once cleared, these small plots of land were probably prepared for planting by hand, using hoes or digging sticks. Later farmers used a primitive type of plough, similar to the ard of modern peasant farmers, which can score a furrow in the ground but is incapable of turning the sod (22). Marks left by the plough have ocassionally been discovered under earthworks. 2810 be, were found under a long Brave new world 39 barrow at South Street (Wiltshire) (23).

2450 BC disaster struck, forcing them to flee, leaving most of their possessions behind them. 26 Another Neolithic desirable residence, Knap of Howar (Orkney). ) Old straight tracks The paths used by the first farmers to link their settlements and fields are almost impossible to identify under normal circumstances. But peat extraction in the Somerset Levels Brave new world 45 often exposes timbers of ancient trackways that have been preserved through waterlogging. The Somerset Levels Project, under John and Bryony Coles, has shown that Neolithic communities laid down these tracks between 4000 and 2000 be to link their settlements and open up the marsh for fishing, wildfowling and, in summer, rough grazing.

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