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24 December 2015
Mesolithic flint tools uncovered in England

Archaeolgists have discovered stone and flint tools from the people who hunted deer and foraged for berries up to 11,000 years ago at what we now know as the University of Lincoln campus (Lincolnshire, England).
     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 preparing plants for eating. Gavin Glover, project manager, said: "There's a known Mesolithic flint scatter close to this particular site from somewhere between 9,000 BCE and 5,000 BCE and we have found a continuation of that. The finds are stone and flint tools, which tend to be small cutting blades for domestic use including hunting, butchering animals and preparing plants."
     "The site would have been a sandbar at the edge of the water of what would have been the forerunner of the Brayford Pool," Glover said, adding: "This was a time before farming when people would have lived in small groups moving through the landscape hunting deer and foraging for plants and berries."
     Lincoln's first known settlement, dating back to first century BCE, was around the Brayford Pool area. The pool even gave Lincoln its name, a derivative of Lindon. The Lin' means pool and 'don' means at the foot of the hill. Timber houses and pottery, and the famous Witham Field dating to 300 BCE, were found east of the water.

Edited from Lincolnshire Echo (26 November 2015)

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