chapter  8
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Paradigms: ideas that change the world

In 1903, a skeleton of a 23-year-old male was discovered in the caves of Cheddar Gorge, Somerset, south-west England. Nicknamed ‘Cheddar Man’, the remains were dated to 9,000 years ago. At that time, the environment was dominated by dense birch woodland. Cheddar Man would have been part of a small community of hunter-gatherers, whose daily routine revolved around foraging for edible plants such as nuts, berries, and mushrooms, and hunting deer and other animals. These resources, with the intangible resources drawn from his community membership, were sufficient to sustain his physical and psychosocial needs.