Mesolithic stone tools
The Mesolithic is the name given to the period between the end of the last ice age, In Britain the Mesolithic (Middle Stone) period began around 12,000 years ago as the climate began to warm up at the end of the last Ice Age. Trees and plants began to grow again and forest animals such as deer crossed the land bridge that then linked Britain to Europe.
This period in history was the beginning of settled farming around 5,500 years ago. This period saw a big movement of people and many hunting parties began to visit England regularly, Eventually the British Isles became their home.
Mesolithic Flat Grinding Stone / Plate
Found close to the River Ter Valley near Chelmsford, Essex
A small grinding stone / plate, used for grinding wheat and herbs
This item has a perfect flat side, with a slightly raised bottom, it also has placements for the fingers too. as though this could have been used in one hand whilst the actual hard stone is held in the other.
12.5cm x 8cm
8000 BCE – 4000 BCE