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Irish Early Mesolithic Microlithic Blades c.8000 BC Ireland MB8

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Seller: clegnagh (4,534) 100%, Location: Ballymoney, Antrim, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 132016722270 Please remember that postal charge includes packing materials and delivery to the post office which is 7 miles away (2) Irish Early Mesolithic Microlithic Blades c.8000 BC - from the 1st inhabitants of Ireland Microliths are the only relics of the first people to come to Ireland, 8,000 years ago. The acidic Irish soils have dissolved almost all organic material.The early Mesolithic culture probably had its roots in Denmark and the people travelled west, across the north of England, eventually landing in Ireland.Some microlithic blades were used as tools, but most were snapped to create small geometric fragments which were then set into wood to create a variety of tools, a very economical way to effectively utilise the raw material resulting in considerable lengths of razor sharp flint. This was very advanced thinking – rather like building blocks. If you have a raw material like flint or plastic, you can make one item out of it or you can make basic parts to make a large variety of objects. With microliths any implement can be made from component parts while later cultures which made implements which had only one use. – See conjectural reconstructions of implements for food processing (graters and knives), hunting and fishing including hooks, a trident and a leister.These were part of my teaching collection when I lectured at the University of Ulster, Queen's University Belfast and other academic institutions in IrelandMy teaching collection largely comprised material given to me by students and so is not accurately provenanced. I can say that all material comes from North Antrim and North Londonderry.For dimensions see the scale on the scans - 1 Microlithic Rod is included Please note that my entire private collection was examined, recorded and evaluated by staff of the Ulster Museum, Belfast in the 1990s Condition: Excellent

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