South West Regional Identies: Birdcombe, Totty Pot and Hawkcombe Head

PJ Gardiner

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Abstract

This paper looks at the evidence for Late Mesolithic activity in Somerset, south-west England. Primary data recovered from excavation at three Late Mesolithic sites suggests that there was hunter-gatherer movement between the coastal plain and uplands for hunting and burial. Evidence from Hawkcombe Head on Exmoor suggests that activities carried out there may have been for other reasons than subsistence economy. The evidence suggests that Late Mesolithic groups made frequent visits to a site that held particular significance within the landscape. A pattern of late hunter-gatherer activity throughout south-west England has emerged, with flint often coming from a long distance, but at more specific
Translated title of the contributionSouth West Regional Identies: Birdcombe, Totty Pot and Hawkcombe Head
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMesolithic Horizons: Papers presented at the Seventh International Conference on the Mesolithic in Europe, Belfast 2005
EditorsSinéad McCartan, Rick Schulting, Graeme Warren, Peter Woodman
PublisherOxbow Books
Pages485 - 493
Number of pages9
Volume1
ISBN (Print)9781842173114
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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