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Going underground: Heat treatment of silcrete in South Africa during the Middle Stone Age

The seminal work by Brown et al. (2009) showed that heat treating silcrete (a silica rich rock type) was a practice of Middle Stone Age (MSA) humans in southern Africa. 774 more words


14,000 year old stone tools found in Scotland

A team of archaeologists have uncovered about 5,000 of the earliest known stone tools in South Lanarkshire, Scotland, dating back 14,000 years.


Spring is in the air

So it must be time to think about the summer excavation. I have been out to New Laund today to talk to John about where we want to dig. 297 more words


Big Science

As you might have gathered from previous blog posts, we are suckers for machines that whirr and ping, even if we are not quite sure how and why they work. 588 more words


Naked bathers, stone tools, the eleventh tuna sandwich and the last straw

Rising with the sun I slide out of our tent feet first, past the sailcloth ‘Ratbags’ containing all our (present) worldly goods.

At the far end of the campsite stand three women, calling at us. 1,185 more words



I’m going back up to the Yorkshire Dales next Monday evening to give a talk about the project to the Ingleborough Archaeology Group. I had to make some new images for this lecture and these have set me off thinking about how people moved around a relatively small and congested place like the inside of the New Laund timber circle. 670 more words


One Million Years of the Human Story at Natural History Museum, London

I always feel like I’m trying to play catch up with what I should have learnt during my undergraduate archaeology classes, if only I’d been a little more enthusiastic back then. 495 more words

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