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The Resettlement of the British Landscape: Towards a chronology of Early Mesolithic lithic assemblage types

Citation
Conneller C, Bayliss A, Milner N & Taylor B (2016) The Resettlement of the British Landscape: Towards a chronology of Early Mesolithic lithic assemblage types. Internet Archaeology, 42. https://doi.org/10.11141/ia.42.11

Abstract
During the Upper Palaeolithic Britain was visited intermittently, perhaps only on a seasonal basis, by groups often operating at the margins of their range. The Early Mesolithic, by contrast, witnessed the start of the permanent occupation of the British landscape, with certain key sites showing evidence for long-lasting occupation from the very start of the period. However, currently our understanding of the timing and tempo of the Mesolithic colonisation and infilling of the landscape is limited because of the paucity of precise radiocarbon measurements. In this article we assess and model existing radiocarbon measurements to refine current typochronological models for the first two millennia of the Holocene. This is a necessary first step towards understanding the Mesolithic resettlement of the British Isles. Our results throw new light on the relationship between the last Upper Palaeolithic 'Long Blade' industries and early Mesolithic assemblages, as well as refining our understanding of the chronology of early Mesolithic assemblage types. Our data also suggest regional patterning to the timing of Mesolithic settlement and throw new light on issues of population movement and adoption of new technologies.

Keywords
archaeology; British Isles; Britain; Mesolithic; lithics; assemblage; landscape; dating; Bayesian; Star Carr

Journal
Internet Archaeology: Volume 42

StatusPublished
Author(s)Conneller, Chantal; Bayliss, Alex; Milner, Nicky; Taylor, Barry
Publication date31/12/2016
Publication date online13/12/2016
Date accepted by journal23/11/2016
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/26949
PublisherUniversity of York
ISSN1363-5387
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