Bridford in the Mesolithic Period

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Bridford in the Mesolithic PeriodBy: RAMMBack to Dartmoor Stories

Location: Across Bridford parish...

  • Bridford in the Mesolithic Period image 1A notched blade made from a small simple flake. One end has been notched, possibly to scrape bark from wooden sticks.
  • Bridford in the Mesolithic Period image 2A flint point. This piece is pale grey in colour with retouching on both edges that taper into a point. This piece was perhaps intended to be an awl, but it could also have been used as a point.
  • Bridford in the Mesolithic Period image 3Flint implements and debitage from Bridford.
  • Bridford in the Mesolithic Period image 4A fabricator. This piece is pale grey in colour and roughly retouched along the edges.
  • Bridford in the Mesolithic Period image 5A core. This piece was found in a bog beside a spring and was donated to the museum in 1993. It may be a bladelet core based on the longitudinal scars on the surface. The presence of this core suggest
  • Bridford in the Mesolithic Period image 6A polished flint axehead.

Between 12,000 and 6000 years ago, people had not yet discovered metals and used stone to make most of their tools and weapons. However, they were not primitive. They were skilled at making the best use of the available materials around them. They were experts in shaping pieces of flint into microliths to be used as spearheads, arrowheads and many more.


During the summer and autumn, they hunted animals, fish and birds using arrows, harpoons and spears. The meat would have been carried back to the campsite where it would have been cooked over an outdoor fire and eaten communally.

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