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Mesolithic Stonehenge

24 December 2014

At the site of Blick Mead near Amesbury, close to the earthwork known as Vespacian's Camp, we have a site that is revealing new information all the time. It overlooks Salisbury Plain and Stonehenge and has locked in a remarkable bit of history. David Jaques of Buckingham University has a career unfolding just from what has been preserved at Blick Mead. Charcoal from the site has been C14 dated and reveals the site has been continuously occupied over a period of three to four thousand years – by people with a Mesolithic culture (a reference to the micro blades they used). They now date as late as 4000BC which is the latest, as yet, date produced for a Mesolithic site. In other words they were in occupation right up until the arrival of farmers – but what happened at that point is yet to be revealed. See for example www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-wiltshire-30540914 … or go to http://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.co.uk/2014/12/archaeologists-slam…

Blick Mead is an untouched Mesolithic landscape with burnt flints and the remains of aurochs that had apparently been roasted for a great meal of some kind. A natural spring at the site  appears to have attracted them, and coloured flint. People sat around making tools and arrow heads, leaving behind a considerable amounts of chippings and flakes.

See also www.buckingham.ac.uk/latest-news/new-mooc-unearths-the-secrets-of-stoneh…

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