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Microliths and maritime mobility: a continental European-style Late Mesolithic flint assemblage from the Isles of Scilly

Microliths and maritime mobility: a continental European-style Late Mesolithic flint assemblage from the Isles of Scilly
Microliths and maritime mobility: a continental European-style Late Mesolithic flint assemblage from the Isles of Scilly
Once Britain had become separated from the European mainland in the seventh millennium BC, Mesolithic stone tool traditions on opposite sides of the newly formed Channel embarked upon different directions of development. Patterns of cross-Channel contact have been difficult to
decipher in this material, prior to the expansion of farming (and possibly farmers) from northern France at the beginning of the fourth millennium BC. Hence the discovery of Late Mesolithic microliths of apparently Belgian affinity at the western extremity of southern Britain—in the Isles of Scilly—comes as something of a surprise. The find is described here in detail, along with alternative scenarios that might explain it. The article is followed by a series of comments, with a closing reply from the authors.
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Anderson-Whymark, Hugo
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Garrow, Duncan
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Sturt, Fraser
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Anderson-Whymark, Hugo
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Garrow, Duncan
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Sturt, Fraser
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Anderson-Whymark, Hugo, Garrow, Duncan and Sturt, Fraser (2015) Microliths and maritime mobility: a continental European-style Late Mesolithic flint assemblage from the Isles of Scilly. Antiquity, 89 (346), 954-971. (doi:10.15184/aqy.2015.77).

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Once Britain had become separated from the European mainland in the seventh millennium BC, Mesolithic stone tool traditions on opposite sides of the newly formed Channel embarked upon different directions of development. Patterns of cross-Channel contact have been difficult to
decipher in this material, prior to the expansion of farming (and possibly farmers) from northern France at the beginning of the fourth millennium BC. Hence the discovery of Late Mesolithic microliths of apparently Belgian affinity at the western extremity of southern Britain—in the Isles of Scilly—comes as something of a surprise. The find is described here in detail, along with alternative scenarios that might explain it. The article is followed by a series of comments, with a closing reply from the authors.

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Published date: August 2015
Organisations: Archaeology

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Local EPrints ID: 380139
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/380139
ISSN: 0003-598X
PURE UUID: 40150e46-1057-429f-911b-75da899f60d3

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Date deposited: 07 Sep 2015 08:49
Last modified: 19 Jul 2019 20:37

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Author: Hugo Anderson-Whymark
Author: Duncan Garrow
Author: Fraser Sturt

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