~9500 - ~8000 BC family_group
Hunter - gatherers, pick up your tools! . . .
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Paleolithic era coming to an end . . . still hunting & gathering (i.e. hunting for animals for meat, and gathering fruit, fungi) . . . chipped stone (especially flint) tools, but not polished . . . Mesolithic (middle Stone Age) roughly starts . . . art not thought to be important, but better, lighter tools of flint & bone begin to be used . . . trees becoming dominant, uplands as well as lowlands . . .
~9500 BC: 'Younger Dryas' period climate deterioration ending * high precipitation * significantly warmer * rapid retreat of land-based glaciers.
8000 BC: continued overall rise in temperature (though undoubtedly with some temporary 'reversals') * glaciers across northern Britain eroded significantly * 'North Sea' lowlands fragmenting / turning marshy.

[ NB: dating up to this time must of necessity be very approximate - as are the inferred climatic details; data from ice cores are the primary source, and often it comes down to interpretation of these as to what dates you will find in the record.]
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