Discover the first Neolithic houses in England

Discover the first Neolithic houses in England

In the south of England, in the quarry of Kingsmead (Horton), four houses belonging to the Neolithic have been unearthed (3700 BC) and that in addition to unprecedented anywhere in England, challenges what we know today about the population that lived more than 5,700 years ago.

This discovery gives us a great opportunity to learn about how they settled and developed in prehistoric Britain. Currently, studies are underway on their lifestyle transition from hunter-gatherer to farmer.

Despite having only survived the house plants, one has a good idea of ​​what these homes have been in times past, due to the experimental work of reconstruction of prehistoric buildings. All the houses are rectangular in shape, the largest measures being 15 × 7 meters. Two of them used oak boards fixed vertically with the help of the foundation in the construction, while the rest have been built with wooden sticks.

The houses were probably built by the first farmers that there was in the area with knowledge and skills to be able to construct considerable buildings. It is very possible that they chose that place as their destination because they enjoyed the presence of the Colne River.

From the remains of the houses Ceramics, arrowheads, flint objects, stones used to grind grains and charred remains of food have been extracted, which together with all of the above confirms an approximation of the age of the houses and how they lived.

The discoveries of Wessex Archeology They are a very important point to expand knowledge about the Neolithic throughout the country and locally as they provide information about the surroundings of the Thames and Windsor. Dr. Alistair Barclay of Wessex Archeology comments that 'These finds add insight into life in the Neolithic and how buildings were built around that time.«.

The excavations are part of the CEMEX program, through which studies have been conducted since 2003.

I was born in Madrid on August 27, 1988 and since then I started a work of which there is no example. Fascinated by both numbers and letters and a lover of the unknown, that is why I am a future graduate in Economics and Journalism, interested in understanding life and the forces that have shaped it. Everything is easier, more useful and more exciting if, with a look at our past, we can improve our future and for that… History.


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