Category Archives: The Pre-Monumental Landscape

The Pre-Monumental Landscape

We know that people were moving across the Heathrow landscape as long ago as 500,000 BC, the Palaeolithic period, but the evidence for this is amounts to only a handful of worked flints, a battered hand-axe and the bone of a bison preserved in an ancient river channel. By the 7th millennium BC the body of archaeological evidence has grown and we see a Mesolithic woodland landscape interrupted by occasional clearings.

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8,500-4,000 BC Deep Forest and a River

Mesolithic activity adjacent to a silted up stream channel in a forest clearing

Mesolithic activity adjacent to a silted up stream channel in a forest clearing.

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4,200-3,600 BC A Clearing in the Woods

People working to extend a clearing in the woods, during the Neolithic.
People working to extend a clearing in the woods, during the Neolithic

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