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9000 year old flint tools found on airfield

Contributed by editor on Aug 26, 2004 - 08:27 AM


<FONT color=black size=4>9000 YEAR OLD FLINT TOOLS FOUND ON AIRFIELD

<FONT color=black>Archaeologists from Archaeology South-East, based in Ditchling, West Sussex, will have completed their survey of land between Aerodrome Road and Pay Street by the end of the week.

<FONT color=black>The survey , which was required before planning permission for the Hawkinge link road could be considered by the Development Control Committee o­n Shepway Council, has yielded an unusual 1940 gun emplacement and flint artefacts of the Mesolithic Age (c.7000-4000 B.C.).

<FONT color=black>Mesolithic cultures represent a wide variety of hunting, fishing, and food gathering techniques. This variety may have been the result of adaptations to changed ecological conditions associated with the retreat of glaciers, the growth of forests in Europe and the disappearance of the large game of the Ice Age.

<FONT color=black>Characteristic of the period were hunting and fishing settlements along rivers and o­n lake shores, where fish and mollusks were abundant. Microliths, the typical stone implements of the Mesolithic period, are smaller and more delicate than those of the late Paleolithic period.