To discover resources already available on this blog for ‘From the Ice Age to the Stone Age’ click on the Ice Age tag in the left hand column and it will take you to all the posts made on that topic to date. Other relevant tags include Stone Age and Prehistory, although the entries covered by those tags may be broader and include later prehistoric themes.
Heading to Scotland for your holidays this year? If so, and if you’re interested in archaeology and heritage, then you may be interested in the new Bucket List Challenge launched by Dig It 2017 which encourages people to visit Scotland’s six UNESCO World Heritage Sites, which between them cover over 5,000 years of history from stone to steel. Check out their website for more information.
In yesterday’s session of ‘From the Ice Age to the Stone Age’ we discussed the Mesolithic in Britain and, in particular, the famous site of Star Carr in Yorkshire. The website linked here provides a number of photographs of the site and video clips discussing aspects of the excavation and the artefacts found.
In addition, this short video clip discusses the use and manufacture of frontlets or headdresses found at Star Carr and other Mesolithic sites through experimental archaeology:
This final video by Archaeosoup Productions provides a nice overview of the site:
The new British Archaeology, which went live online today (February 8), reports significant new discoveries near Stonehenge, among them the grave of a man who might have seen the earliest megaliths erected at the site. Cremated remains of over 100 people were buried at the first Stonehenge, from 3100BC – the largest cremation cemetery in […]
In our last session of ‘From the Ice Age to the Stone Age’ we discussed Palaeolithic art. A podcast about one such object, the Swimming Reindeer in the British Museum, part of the BBC Radio 4 series ‘A History of the World in 100 objects’ is available to listen to and download from the BBC website. This podcast tells the story of the Swimming Reindeer and its place in the history of art and religion with contributions from the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, and archaeologist Professor Steven Mithen.
In our last session of ‘Secrets of the Stone Age’ we briefly discussed the Neolithic polished stone axes. A podcast about the jade axe in the British Museum, part of the BBC Radio 4 series ‘A History of the World in 100 objects’ is available to listen to and download from the BBC website. This podcast tells the story of how this object may have been used and traded and how its source was cunningly traced to the heart of Europe.
Whilst it is not essential to do any background reading before the course begins, you may find it useful to do so. The reading list below contains books that you can read. You don’t have to read all of these and we don’t specify any that you must read. Instead, these are readings you can use to gain a preliminary understanding of topics, as well as to study in more depth those parts of the course you are particularly interested in. You may also want to take a look at magazines such as British Archaeology, World Archaeology and Current Archaeology.
Further suggestions about ways you can extend your understanding of topics through books, television etc may also be posted as appropriate here on the tutor’s personal blog, as well as on the WEA East Midlands Region History Space.
Cunliffe, B. 2013. Britain Begins. Oxford University Press.
Darvill, T. 2010. Prehistoric Britain. Routledge.
Gosden, C. 2003. Prehistory: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford University Press.
Malone, C. 2001. Neolithic Britain and Ireland. The History Press.
Miles, D. 2016. The Tale of the Axe: How the Neolithic Revolution Transformed Britain. Thames & Hudson Ltd.
Murphy. A. 2012. Newgrange: Monument to Immortality. Liffey Press.
Oliver, N. 2012. A History of Ancient Britain. W&N. (accompanies BBC TV documentary series of the same name. Documentary also available on DVD).
Parker Pearson, M. 2014. Stonehenge: A New Understanding. Experiment.
Pryor, F. 2004. Britain BC: Life in Britain and Ireland Before the Romans. Harper Perennial.
Richards, C, Jones, R and Jeffrey, S. 2016. The Development of Neolithic House Societies in Orkney. Windgather Press.
Thomas, J. 1999. Understanding the Neolithic. Routledge.
In our last session, we looked at perhaps one of the most famous ancient hominids, Neanderthals. Those wishing to find out more about them, may want to check out the following additional podcasts and video clips:
- BBC Radio 4 ‘In Our Time’ episode on the Neanderthals (2010) with Simon Conway Morris, Professor of Evolutionary Palaeobiology at the University of Cambridge, Chris Stringer, Research Leader in Human Origins at the Natural History Museum and Visiting Professor at Royal Holloway, University of London, and Danielle Schreve, Reader in Physical Geography at Royal Holloway, University of London.
- Chris Stringer, Societies in Transition: The Neanderthal-Modern Human Transition (2009), University of Oxford podcasts.
- Planet Earth podcast: Neanderthal mammoth hunters in Jersey (2002)
- Svante Pääbo: DNA clues to our inner neanderthal (2011), TED talks.