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Stone age

The last Ice Age ended about 10,000 years ago. At that time the British Isles formed a peninsula of continental Europe, and the English Channel was a broad plain. As the ice retreated, people and animals from southern Europe travelled across this plain and made their home in the forests that covered Britain. The first arrivals belonged to the earliest stage of civilisation, the Old Stone Age or Palaeolithic.

They moved over the damp green woodland, stone axe in hand, hunting horses, deer, wild ox, and the few remaining reindeer and mammoths. They lived in caves and temporary camps, had no domestic animals and grew no crops. Meanwhile in the Middle East, people began to experiment with methods of controlling their supply of food. This led to the beginning of farming.

End of Old Stone Age(Palaeolithic)
Cave burial
Middle Stone Age(Mesolithic)
Warm and dry
Decorated bones

Circa 11000 BC Middle Stone Age (Mesolithic) flint axe head


11,000 BC Stone Age axe


Amazing huge 11,000 Stone Age flint axe head - this is beautifully crafted with a thumb slot for easy holding

155mm L x 48.63mm W


Large 11000 BC flint hand axe - 99mm L x 80mm W

The biggest 11,000 BC Stone Age battle axe I have ever seen, that is a George III sixpence below to show you some idea of the scale of this find.

Monster find

113.57mm Long x 105.72 mm W


11,000 BC flint hand axe

11,000 BC flint axe head

Large 11000 BC flint scrapers

11,000 BC Stone Age flint scraper


8000BC flint arrow heads


11,000 BC flint scraper

11,000 BC flint scraper

11,000 BC flint scraper

11000 BC Stone Age flint scraper

11000 BC Stone Age flint scraper


11,000 BC Stone age flint spear head

56.35mm L x 35.64mm W

Biggest 11,000 BC flint axe head I have ever seen - it is a monster and weighs 580g, 220mm L x 54.6 mm W

Large 11,000 BC flint core scraper

85.56mm L x 56.59 mm W

11,000 BC flint scraper

11,000 BC flint scraper

47.47mm L, 47.63g

11,000 Stone Age flint scraper


Huge 11,000 BC flint hand axe - 100 mm L x 70.49 mm W

Middle Stone Age(Mesolithic)

Huge 11,000 BC flint axe head

1660 mm L x 54.82mm W x 29.22 mm T

Stunning 11,000 BC Stone Age flint axe head

1300 mm L x 50mm wide

11,000 BC flint scraper

11,000 flint scraper

11,000 flint scraper

11,000 flint scraper

11,000 BC flint scraper


The dog domesticated
Warm and dry
7500 Britain separated from Continent

Stone age 6000 BC core scraper found by Alaskan George

New Stone Age (Early Neolithic)
Warm and dry
Introduction of farming
Pottery , stone axeheads
Monumental tombs, Portal dolmens

4300 Earliest causewayed camps and long barrows
Middle Neolithic
Warm and dry
Stone quarrying
Passage graves
Earliest henges
Warm and dry


Canadian Rod's 3500 BC Neolitic stone axe


Neolithic (3500-2100BC) polished axe head, knapped from mid-grey flint. The surface of the axe is not fully polished, leaving a large amount of scaring along the edges of the axe from the shaping process. The butt end is damaged and incomplete, and the break appears worn. There is a partial hinged termination where the axe has been broken. The cutting edge is in good condition along most of its length, with a few small breaks to one side. The blade itself is not worn. The axe has a double convex cross section. In profile, the axe is widest towards the cutting edge, tapering in thickness towards the break. The axe is 78.74mm long, 57.08mm wide at the blade end and 44.85mm wide at the broken butt end. It has a maximum thickness of 22.56mm. Weight 124.31 grams. Found by Texas Rob

Late Neolithic
Drier and warm
Pottery and grooved ware
Henges, timber circles, early individual graves
2800 Stonehenge first phase