Ice Age Journeys is an archaeological project researching Late Upper Palaeolithic (Stone Age) activity some 14,000 years ago at Farndon Fields,  Newark-On-TrentNottinghamshireUK.   

Flint tools have been found on open ground between Farndon and Newark, offering a fascinating link to Creswell Crags, Bradgate Park, Cheddar Gorge  and other sites across Europe.

Flints  Finds from  Farndon can be viewed here which includes information on the find and, in some cases, a photograph.

Do this by clicking on each icon.  

A short introductory video of the journey so far.

A full version of the video:-

Other information on Farndon here:-.



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Newark Half Marathon passes through the areas where Ice Age people are known to have lived. Ice Age Journeys fully support this event including a stall  and an interactive web page

Newark Half Marathon takes place on 12th August 2018

In January to April 2018 we took the Ice Age Journeys project into two Newark schools thanks to a grant from Newark and Sherwood District Council,

Some of our other past activities:-


Ice Age Lifestyles

 When In The Ice Age.   

The artefacts from Fardon left by the hunter-gatherers have been identified as belonging to a style that was used in the Late Upper Palaeolithic. This is not a geological name for that period of time but one that relates to the technology of the Three Age System of Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age. (Late Upper = last or most recent stage, Palaeolithic = Old Stone Age). The Late Upper Palaeolithic started around 14,000 years ago, so we know that the hunter-gatherers were experiencing the last stages of the most recent Ice Age. More of When :-

Where did the flint come from?

Flint is an Old English word from the North Germanic vlint or flins, first recorded in writing by the monk, Ælfric of Eynsham, Oxfordshire (c950–1010). It describes a hard greyish-black fined-grained quartz mineral composed of silicon dioxide (SiO2) and is found in chalk. Chert is an often inferior version of flint with larger crystals and more impurities. It is found in limestone.  further reading:-

Who. Hunter-Gatherer Lifestyles

A hunter-gatherer (or forager) society is one that derives its nutrition from wild, undomesticated sources. This can mean the hunting of game, fishing and/or foraging for edible plants and fungi. Although increasingly rare in the modern world, forager lifestyles are still retained by some groups, including

the Hadza of the Rift Valley.  read more:-

How did they work the flint?

When flint is struck (knapped) expertly, it breaks (flakes) in a consistent manner. Flakes are removed by striking close to an angle (striking platform) of a block of flint (a core). Both cores and flakes retain characteristic features that show that they were deliberately struck. Knapped more:-



How did we investigate this site? 


First we field walked, then we augured to see what was underground then test pit, wet and dry sieving, learn more:-