12,000 years ago, Britain entered a new chapter in its long history. By this point, hunting tools had evolved, from hefty spears to the slick and stealthy bow and arrow. This revolution in technology would change the way humans hunted forever.
In a period in which Britain was also thawing and exiting from an Ice Age, the warm and moist forest environments became home to the last of the hunter gatherers in Britain. They ate a diverse range of food, including wild meat, fish and fresh fruit from plants.
This would nonetheless change as the Britain entered the New Stone Age in circa 4000 BC and an agricultural revolution swathed the British Isles.
Join bushcraft and survival expert Ray Mears in Episode 2 of our Ancient Britain series, as he exits the Palaeolithic era and enters the Mesolithic and Neolithic era in Britain. On his journey, Ray will explore the evolution of hunting methods and equipment, and the eventual transformation of the hunter-gatherer culture and the adoption of agriculture and sedentary living.