Mesolithic people used local beach materials to make small stone tools called microliths. These tiny blades were embedded in wooden shafts to make arrows for hunting or saws and sickles for cutting plants. Different settlements sometimes show a preference for using particular shapes of microlith such as scrapers or triangles. This may relate to different tasks such as cleaning animal hides or gutting fish. Is this the origin of the multi-tool?
The East Barns house was discovered at a quarry near Dunbar in 2002. Charcoal found was dated to 8,300BC, making it one of the oldest dwellings in Scotland! Postholes across the floor had divided it into ‘rooms’ with a fireplace in the centre. It is thought that six or seven people would have lived here. Although this may seem cramped, we think this house was lived in all year round. Over 30,000 pieces of flint were found here, including different tools and scraps of flint from tool making. Previously it was thought that Mesolithic people were constantly on the move but this shows them settling, probably because of the good location.