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They will also be presented at international seminars and published jointly by Lithuanian and Finnish scientists.

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Emma is now drawing the pottery fragments and Steve is writing the report on the pottery.

They are working through all the pottery from the site in chronological order so, of course, it is the prehistoric pottery first.

The site produced an almost complete run of prehistoric pottery, from the Neolithic (and possibly the Early Neolithic, as well), the Late Neolithic, the Late Neolithic/Early Bronze Age, the Middle Bronze Age, the Early Iron Age, and even a little from the Late Iron Age, with only a couple of gaps.

(In Britain, the Neolithic = 4,000 BC to 2,500 BC; the Bronze Age = 2,500 BC to 800 BC; and the Iron Age = 800 BC to AD 43 – the Romans invaded this part of Britain in AD 43.) The site also produced fragments of possible Late Bronze Age and Middle Iron Age date, but Steve is still working on the dating of some of the prehistoric pottery.

Researchers meticulously checked the collection for tell-tale evidence of modelling on the artefacts which would confirm that they had been made by a human hand. Broadly, the collection belongs to a material culture known as ‘Epigravettian’ which spanned 12,000 years, but radiocarbon dating has allowed scholars to pin down the Vela Spila ceramic collection to a much narrower period, between 17,500 and 15,000 years ago.

Those which can be identified appear to be fragments of modelled animals.

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As more ceramic emerged, however, examples were set aside for careful analysis.

But while the difficulties of single life may be intractable, the challenge of determining the age of prehistoric artifacts and fossils is greatly aided by measuring certain radioactive isotopes.