Dig site could rewrite historyAn archaeological find at Lunt Meadows in Sefton, Merseyside has unearthed evidence that Mesolithic Man may have built settlements. If proven, the way historians think about how humans lived in the middle Stone Age period could be changed for ever. In the film the experts involved talk about the significance of the find and how it came about. It has always been believed that hunter gatherers in the period were semi-nomadic wanderers who only stayed briefly in one place. However the work at Lunt Meadows has revealed flints and timbers which suggest at least three structures on the same site. Carbon dating tests show the articles to be almost 8,000 years old. Ron Cowell, Archaeological Consultant for the Environment Agency and Curator of Prehistoric Archaeology at the Museum of Liverpool says: "The fascinating discoveries at Lunt Meadows shed new light on how we think man lived at this time, adding to the growing body of evidence about the Mesolithic period. "We have always thought that Mesolithic man was nomadic, yet this site presents the possibility that several families may have been living together in one place. "Other sites in the UK have indicated that we have been looking at the period in an over simplistic way, and Lunt Meadows provides further compelling evidence of how Mesolithic people organised their lives. It is a very significant find and a great coup for the region." The discovery came about unexpectedly over the Summer when the Environment Agency was in the process of restoring the rich unspoiled farmland of Lunt Meadows to its original state of a wetland wildlife haven. The site is close to Formby Beach where Neolithic footprints were discovered 20 years ago, so the Environment Agency was extra vigilant. Ron Cowell has been astonished at what the team has discovered, and believes that with further research Lunt Meadows may become one of the UK’s pre-eminent Mesolithic sites, on a par with Goldcliff in the Severn Estuary. Image copyright and courtesy of Steve White, Lancashire Wildlife Trust.
Archaeological find could rewrite Stone Age history
An archaeological find at Lunt Meadows in Sefton, Merseyside, has unearthed evidence that Mesolithic man may have built settlements.
If proven, it could change the way historians think about how humans lived in the middle Stone Age period.
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