Mesolithic woodworking tool

For the classroom

Mesolithic Adze


The Mesolithic adze made from a bone.

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© Trustees of the British Museum

Greek pot adze


A painting from an ancient Greek pot showing a man using an adze.

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Deer frontlet


A deer frontlet from Star Carr in Yorkshire.

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Bone spear


A bone spear point set with flint points from Denmark.

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Living in the Mesolithic

Source: bbc.co.uk

Video from BBC Hands on History website on living in the Mesolithic.

Watch this video on bbc.co.uk http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/handsonhistory/ancient-britain.shtml

Drawing of Mesolithic life

Source: ncl.ac.uk

Link to a reconstruction drawing from Newcastle University of a scene showing life in the Mesolithic period.

Visit the site http://research.ncl.ac.uk/howick/schools/mesolithic/

Changes in sea levels

Source: temporalmapping.org

Animation of changes in sea levels around Britain in the Mesolithic period.

Watch this video on YouTube.com http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_WYZmFmgb7U

Britain’s first house

Source: ucd.ie

Video from University College Dublin on reconstructing Britain's first house.

Watch this video on YouTube.com http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2O22LMgS4V4

Radiocarbon dating

Diagram of how radiocarbon dating works – halfway down the page.

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Wolf Brother

Source: michellepaver.com

Michelle Paver, Wolf Brother, Orion Children’s Books, 2005

Visit the site http://www.michellepaver.com/wolf-brother/

Outside the classroom


Here are some relevant museums and sites to visit.

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Mesolithic house

Source: ncl.ac.uk

Visit a reconstructed Mesolithic house on the Maelmin Heritage Trail in Northumberland

Visit the site http://research.ncl.ac.uk/howick/images/Maelmin.pdf

Mesolithic footprints

Source: selrc.org.uk

Footprints dating to the Mesolithic can be found around the coast of Britain. The Severn Estuary is just one place where they could be seen from the safety of the sea wall.

Visit the site http://www.selrc.org.uk/health_and_safety_message.html

More Mesolithic sites

Source: yac-uk.org

A list of Mesolithic sites in the UK from the Young Archaeologists Club.

Visit the site http://www.yac-uk.org/timeline/mesolithic/sites

British Museum

Source: britishmuseum.org

Visit the site http://www.britishmuseum.org/visiting/school_visits.aspx

Mesolithic woodworking tool