Over the coming weeks I will be uploading a series of "Under Your Feet" colouring sheets.
These will focus on British history showing some of the objects our ancestors used and created. It's nice to think that everyday we could be walking over these cool artefacts without even knowing!
This week we'll start in the Neolithic!
It also started the tradition of monument building including causewayed enclosures, burial tombs and henges, like Avebury and Stonehenge
These axes were mainly used for woodworking although sometimes also employed as a weapon.
They were often made from flint but stronger ones were made from stone that was polished into the correct shape.
Flint Scraper & Arrowhead
Expertly knapped from flint these objects were the everyday tools of their time. They were mostly used for hunting, cutting and scraping animal flesh and skins.
During the Neolithic pots were used for the first time. They were handmade by coiling long snakes of clay in a rising spiral and their surface would be smoothed and decorated with patterns. The pots would then be placed into fire to make them go hard.
This extremely rare find is from Orkney and is said to be the earliest depiction of a human found in Britain.
Grain would be placed on the larger stone, then the smaller one would be rubbed against it to produce flour for bread making.
Antler Pick, Rake and Ox Bone Shovel
These were all used for digging as their natural shape fit the purpose really well.
These strange combs are thought to have been used for stripping hair off animal hides.
These small objects were used to bind and fasten clothing together.
Large slabs of stone have been found with ornate shapes carved into them. They include cup marks, rings, groves, spirials, lozenges and chevrons but no one knows their original purpose.
Here are some of my favourite places to go and visit (in no particular order!):
Wiltshire Museum – Devizes, Wiltshire
Avebury Henge and Windmill Hill (Causewayed Enclosure) - Wiltshire
West Kennet Long Barrow - Wiltshire
Knap Hill (Causewayed Enclosure) and Adam's Grave (Long Barrow) - Wiltshire
Silbury Hill - Wiltshire
Knowlton Circles (Henges)- Dorset
Dorset Cursus - Dorset
Stoney Littleton Long Barrow- Somerset
Hetty Peggler's Tump (Uley Long Barrow) – Gloucester
Tinkinswood Burial Chamber - Vale of Glamorgan - Wales
Pentre Ifan Burial Chamber - Pembrokeshire - Wales
Sorry that these sites are mostly in South West England but feel free to leave your favourite Neolithic sites in the comments below!