Atlantis Online
March 28, 2020, 09:55:43 am
Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.

Login with username, password and session length
News: Plato's Atlantis: Fact, Fiction or Prophecy?
Article Source:
  Home Help Arcade Gallery Links Staff List Calendar Login Register  

Stone Age flints unearthed

Pages: [1]   Go Down
Author Topic: Stone Age flints unearthed  (Read 59 times)
Hero Member
Posts: 155

« on: September 05, 2007, 02:39:14 am »

Stone Age flints unearthed

While packs of wolves and grizzly bears were roaming through the forests near Wheatley, Stone Age man was using what is now a nature reserve as his hunting ground.

The evidence came from five flints, which have been identified by experts at Oxfordshire County Museum as microliths used in arrows, spears and harpoons.

They were found by John Tyler, a wildlife enthusiast and local volunteer for the Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust, at the Sydlings Copse nature reserve. They are between 6,000 and 10,000 years old.

County archaeologist Paul Smith said: "It's always exciting to obtain new evidence of Mesolithic activity in Oxfordshire.

"The microliths would have been used by hunter gatherers to hunt deer, wild boar and game fowl.

"The flint points were perhaps left at a temporary campsite by a small band of hunters over an extensive territory that might have included the fenland of Otmoor as well as the rich game areas of the Thame and Thames river valleys."

Mr Tyler added: "When I picked up the flints I could see the wave-like markings where each one had been struck a bigger lump of flint.

"I was a bit cautious at first as I didn't want to get my hopes up, so I sent them to the museum and forgot about them until the identification came back."

4:19pm Monday 3rd September 2007
Report Spam   Logged

Share on Facebook Share on Twitter

Pages: [1]   Go Up
Jump to:  

Powered by EzPortal
Bookmark this site! | Upgrade This Forum
SMF For Free - Create your own Forum
Powered by SMF | SMF © 2016, Simple Machines
Privacy Policy