General News

Blog and exhibition on submerged Mesolithic landscapes

posted 3 May 2012, 08:50 by Pat Hadley   [ updated 23 May 2012, 06:41 ]

The Birmingham based VISTA team and a number of their partners have set up a blog in advance of running the Royal Society's Summer exhibition.

The exhibition will run from 3-8 July. Keep an eye on the Royal Society pages for exhibition information.

With all the games, videos and scuba-diving fun we're sure the team will make Mesolithic landscapes as exciting as any of the robots, lasers and viruses on show from other scientists!


The Birmingham VISTA team are busy making a game for the Royal Society Summer Exhibition based on their agent-based modelling scenarios for Doggerland.
In this video Eugene Ch'ng explains where they have got to:

New conference volume

posted 4 Mar 2012, 04:12 by Pat Hadley   [ updated 23 May 2012, 06:43 ]

Roches et sociétés de la Préhistoire (Rocks and Prehistoric societies)

entre Massifs cristallins et Bassins sédimentaires (between crystalline massifs and sedimentary basins)

Grégor Marchand et Guirec Querré


Si dans l’imagerie populaire, l’homme de la Préhistoire est associé au silex, cette représentation apparaît comme particulièrement réductrice à la lumière des travaux récents. A la diversité des conditions géologiques répondent autant d’adaptations des méthodes de production des outillages en pierre. Sur les massifs cristallins, l’absence de rognons de silex en position primaire a conduit les hommes à transformer leurs systèmes techniques, mais dans des directions très diverses, au prix parfois d’une métamorphose de leurs outils et de leurs techniques. Des sociétés ont établi des réseaux efficaces d’importation à longues distances, qui leur ont permis de maintenir un outillage suivant les normes techniques alors en vigueur. Tous ces choix culturels permettent aujourd’hui de caractériser ces sociétés du passé non plus seulement par le style de leurs outils ou par leur technique, mais plus largement par leur comportement économique. 

Fort de 34 articles, les actes du colloque « Roches et Sociétés de la Préhistoire entre Massifs cristallins et Bassins sédimentaires » établissent un bilan très complet de l’immense variété des roches taillées pour la parure ou l’outillage à la Préhistoire et à la Protohistoire dans le nord-ouest de la France, avec de nombreux points de comparaison en Europe. 


In the popular imagination, the Prehistoric humans are associated with flint, but this picture seems particularly simplistic in the light of recent work. The diversity of the geological conditions gave rise to many different adaptations of the methods used to produce stone tools. The absence of flint nodules in the geological formations of crystalline massifs led human groups to modify their technical systems, but in very diverse ways, sometimes causing a profound transformation of their tools and techniques. Prehistoric societies established effective networks of exchange over long distances, which enabled them to maintain a repertoire of stone implements adapted to the technical requirements of the time. All these cultural choices allow us to characterize past societies not only by the style of their tools and techniques, but also more largely by their economic behaviour. 

Owing to the 34 articles presented in the proceedings of the conference  on “Rocks and Prehistoric societies  between crystalline massifs and sedimentary basins” we can draw up a full  assessment of the immense variety of rocks used for making adornments or tools  during Prehistoric and Protohistoric times  in the North-West of France, with many points of comparison across Europe. 

New e-monograph on lithics in Eastern Fennoscandia

posted 27 Feb 2012, 01:41 by Pat Hadley   [ updated 23 May 2012, 06:43 ]

The Archaeological Society of Finland has published an e-monograph entitled:

This book is available for free downloading for non-commericial use.

(If anyone would like to write a review for the next issue of MM then get in touch!)

In memoriam: Professor John Davies Evans and Marek Zvelebil

posted 19 Jul 2011, 01:22 by Pat Hadley   [ updated 23 May 2012, 06:52 ]

It is with great sadness that we note the passing of two great prehistorians.
Marek Zvelebil will be a particular loss to the Mesolithic studies community.

The Prehistoric Society have more details on their website.

If anyone would like to contribute any thoughts please get in touch.

Mesolithic dog burial

posted 9 Jul 2011, 08:01 by Pat Hadley   [ updated 23 May 2012, 07:01 ]

"Archaeologists have discovered an unprecedented 8,000-year-old dog tomb – the oldest in southern Europe – in a shell mound near the Portuguese town of Alcaçer do Sal." page

posted 5 Jul 2011, 14:09 by Pat Hadley   [ updated 23 May 2012, 07:02 ]

We now have an official presence on

If you have posted papers from MM in your academia profile you can now link them to our official profile page.

This also allows you to follow the announcements made on our homepage.

News feed added

posted 15 Jun 2011, 04:53 by Pat Hadley   [ updated 23 May 2012, 07:03 ]

We have added a News feed page to the site.

This summarises automated searches made for Mesolithic content on popular major journal sites.

New issue! 21.2

posted 30 May 2011, 05:36 by Pat Hadley   [ updated 23 May 2012, 07:04 ]

The new issue is now available on the Journal volumes page!

Highlights include
  • Excavations in Portugal (Bicho et al.) and Germany (Karl et al.)
  • C14 of human remains in Great Britain (Meiklejohn et al.)
  • Post-grad research into Eastern Mediterranean Neolithisation (Templar) and the future of MM itself (Hadley)
  • A conference report from Santander MESO2010 (Wickham-Jones)
Plus announcements of conferences, book reviews and other news!


A new beginning?

posted 27 Apr 2011, 14:47 by Pat Hadley   [ updated 23 May 2012, 07:04 ]

Mesolithic Miscellany is about to undergo a number of changes that we hope will make it more useful. One of the key ways of doing that is by getting more input from you!


A discussion forum has been mentioned by several contributors and reviewers and that is one function performed by our new Google Group. In addition, the mailing list is now very large and this Group will enable us to communicate without spam filters blocking the messages.


One of the first steps toward improving Mesolithic Miscellany is to find out more about the your needs and ideas for the community. A current Master's student at York (Patrick Hadley) has taken on this task as his thesis project and devised a User Survey.


Please spend a few minutes filling this in as it can only help improve Mesolithic Miscellany for you and the whole community!


We look forward to an exciting future for Mesolithic Miscellany and the Mesolithic studies community.


Best wishes,


The Mesolithic Miscellany team

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