Stone Age Settlement Discovered Off the Coast of England

Evidence of a Mesolithic settlement has been found underwater off the coast of Newcastle in northern England. Archaeologists training to work on an underwater site discovered flint tools and artifacts dating back as far as 10,000 years where they didn't expect them. The researchers from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne were able to pinpoint two sites which would have been on dry land prior to the last Ice Age. One site dates to around 5,000 years ago, while the other is much older, dating from 8,500 to 10,000 years ago.

"These sites are set to provide us with a unique opportunity to begin to understand early Mesolithic coastal occupation," said Dr. Penny Spikins, the team leader.

The archaeologists were amazed to find so many artifacts lying undisturbed on the ocean floor.

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