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Stone Age Hunters Manipulated Environment for Better Living

Science & Tech  (tags: ancient, archaeology, discovery )

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Extraordinary evidence showing that Stone Age people were more than just hunters has been found at a threatened archaeological site on the Severn Estuary.

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g d c (0)
Saturday January 5, 2013, 12:27 pm

John B (185)
Saturday January 5, 2013, 9:13 pm
Thanks Marty for the link to the article. Kudos to the researchers from the Univ. of Reading for their endeavors.

Heidi Aubrey (16)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 3:29 am
How on earth did they conclude from hazelnut shells and plant material, such as crab apples and raspberries found at a campsite as using fire to help grow them? I think they were using fire to make crab apples and raspberries taste not so tart, more likely? Crab apples(uncooked) will make you pucker, severely. Hazelnut shells indicates they ate the nut of the hazelnut. That's it.

Giana Peranio-paz (398)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 3:52 am
Thanks. Very interesting.

Waltraud U (85)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 5:19 am
Thank you

Gloria picchetti (304)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 6:26 am
There is a big stretch between manipulation and mountain top mining. They didn't ruin everything they touched the way corporate Americka does.

Past Member (0)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 7:09 am

David C (150)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 7:29 am
interesting, thanks.

Mary Donnelly (47)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 1:28 pm
Thanks Marty for interesting post.

Nelson Baker (0)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 2:26 pm
thank you.

Natalie V (27)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 2:33 pm

Winn A (179)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 3:48 pm

reft h (66)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 6:59 pm
thanks for the article

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Monday January 7, 2013, 12:35 am
Heidi: Native peoples, including those in the Americas, used FIRE, controlled BURNING, to create an ENVIRONMENT conducive to the growing of plants that they favor - edible plants.
In other words, the Stone Age people didn't just accept their environment as they found it - they figured out how to MANIPULATE it to their own advantage.
They would - just like some Native peoples today, or until recently - burn great swaths of land so that large trees wouldn't take up the space and sunlight, and bushes and smaller trees, those bearing berries and nuts, would get a chance, to not be in the shade...
Evidently, the archeologists found organic remains of nuts and berries, which usually don't survive like animal bones do. If these were found in LARGER quantities than would be found in a heavily-wooded natural forest, for example, that would suggest that these Stone Age people burned some land and then waited for the land to re-seed with nut and berry bushes... {Their stone axes if they had them, would obviously not be "efficient" at CUTTING DOWN large trees, not like fire would be!}
In order to keep having nuts and berries {which of course need access to sunlight in order to grow}, the Stone Age people would have to periodically burn acres, maybe at a certain time every year - and of course, have figured out a means of CONTROLLING the fire so it wouldn't get out of hand! {Firebrakes, ditches, water, etc.}
Really pretty advanced and smart!

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Monday January 7, 2013, 12:41 am
"The House of Commons Select Committee on Climate Change is once again considering a Severn Tidal Barrage. This scheme would have a major impact on the rich archaeological resource of the Severn Estuary which is giving archaeologists an unparalleled glimpse into the life of a Stone Age settlement."

NO! No Severn Tidal Barrage! Hold off!!!
This is too important...

Anita R (2)
Monday January 7, 2013, 2:38 am
Is there a petition to stop this Severn Tidal Barrage? What are they thinking?

Tanya W (65)
Monday January 7, 2013, 3:47 am
Noted thanks. I wish we could read & manage our enviroment better so as to prevent climate change going further down the path of no return.

Suzanne L (99)
Wednesday January 9, 2013, 9:06 am
Marty and BMutiny TY for bringing the nature and importance of these finds to our attention. The more that archaeological work is conducted, the more we modern folks find that our ancient relatives were more sophisticated than we previously thought.

Colleen Prinssen (14)
Monday January 14, 2013, 6:04 am
"there goes the fairy tale of perfect harmony and only modern(3,000 years ago today) man abuses the landscape for their advantage"
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