ABSTRACT

The Mesolithic in Britain proposes a new division of the Mesolithic period into four parts, each with its distinct character.

The Mesolithic has previously been seen as timeless, where little changed over thousands of years. This new synthesis draws on advances in scientific dating to understand the Mesolithic inhabitation of Britain as a historical process. The period was, in fact, a time of profound change: houses, monuments, middens, long-term use of sites and regions, manipulation of the environment and the symbolic deposition of human and animal remains all emerged as significant practices in Britain for the first time. The book describes the lives of the first pioneers in the Early Mesolithic; the emergence of new modes of inhabitation in the Middle Mesolithic; the regionally diverse settlement of the Late Mesolithic; and the radical changes of the final millennium of the period. The first synthesis of Mesolithic Britain since 1932, it takes both a chronological and a regional approach.

This book will serve as an essential text for anyone studying the period: undergraduate and graduate students, specialists in the field and community archaeology groups.

chapter 1|35 pages

Hunting and gathering time

Chronological frameworks and key themes
ByChantal Conneller

chapter 2|58 pages

Pioneers in the north

Preboreal and Early Boreal settlement, 9500–8200 BC
ByChantal Conneller

chapter 3|78 pages

The Early Mesolithic colonisation of the South

Deepcar and the Early Boreal Mesolithic 9300–8200 BC
ByChantal Conneller

chapter 4|72 pages

A new way of living

Pits, hazelnuts, places and the ancestors in the Middle Mesolithic, 8200–7000 BC
ByChanta Conneller

chapter 5|112 pages

The forgotten people

The Late Mesolithic, 7000–5000 BC
ByChantal Conneller

chapter 6|64 pages

The last hunters

The Final Mesolithic, 5000–4000 BC
ByChantal Conneller