The Tale of the Axe
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The Tale of the Axe How the Neolithic Revolution Transformed Britain
By David Miles
We, modern humans, are one of the youngest species on the planet. For our first hundred thousand years we survived as hunters and foragers, moving about the land, following seasonal resources. Only some ten thousand years ago, faced with climate change and rising populations, did humans revolutionize the ways in which we engaged with the world around us. By domesticating plants and animals we transformed our settlements, social relationships, diet and beliefs.
Focusing on the British Isles, David Miles explores this period of societal change- the Neolithic, or "New Stone Age"- using the most iconic artifact of its time, the polished stone axe, as a guide to the revolution that changed the world.