“What is really notable is that the stone tool assemblages are really consistent with one another and form a pattern we can match up with the results of earlier excavations too. Although coastlines have widely been proposed as potential corridors of past migration, the occupation of Africa’s tropical coasts during the Stone Age is poorly known, particularly in contrast to the temperate coasts of northern and southern Africa. Although coastlines have widely been proposed as potential corridors of past migration, the occupation of Africa’s tropical coasts during the Stone Age is poorly known, particularly in contrast to the temperate coasts of northern and southern Africa. “The Middle Stone Age occupants of Tiémassas employed two distinct technologies – centripetal Levallois and discoidal reduction systems,” says Niang. Middle Stone Age (animation) An introduction to the precarious nature of life in Mesolithic Britain through the eyes of one family. “In the past, Tiémassas has been described as a Middle Stone Age, Later Stone Age or Neolithic site, and resolving between these alternatives has important implications for our understanding of behaviour at the site,” says lead author Khady Niang of Université Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar. “What is really notable is that the stone tool assemblages are really consistent with one another and form a pattern we can match up with the results of earlier excavations too. The find confirms a human presence on the Lakes of Killarney a thousand years before had been previously thought, in the Mesolithic Age or Middle Stone Age. Middle of Stone Age: Dates: 20,000 to 8,000 BP (Southwest Asia) 15,000–5,000 BP (Europe) Preceded by: Upper Paleolithic: Followed by: Neolithic: The Mesolithic (Greek: μέσος, mesos "middle"; λίθος, lithos "stone") is the Old World archaeological period between the Upper Paleolithic and the Neolithic. “The Middle Stone Age occupants of Tiémassas employed two distinct technologies – centripetal Levallois and discoidal reduction systems,” says Niang. Kerry old start for humans Trenches dug on the site off Dyserth Road on the outskirts of Rhyl reveal a small pit containing charcoal and several flint tools, probably from the Mesolithic period ( Middle Stone Age ), 8,000-4,000 years ago. They dig flint out of the ground, using antlers as a pick.