The Etymology of “Neolithic”, Flint Mines of the Neolithic Period, the Properties of Flint, the Possibility of Neolithic Mines Being Ceremonial and Symbolic, the Etymology of “Sarsen” Stone, Cow Scapulas Used as Digging Tools, the Ring of Brodgar, Stones of Stenness, and Maeshowe Being Some of the Oldest Sites in Britain, Communities Collaborating to Build Massive Projects, and the Decommissioned Ness of Brodgar

The term “Neolithic” stems from the Latin term “neo” meaning “new” and “lithic” meaning stone with the entire term translating to “new Stone Age”. During the Neolithic period, flint was as prized as gold was to the Hindus, Christians, and Buddhists. 4500 years ago, flint miners dug shafts up to 12 meters deep in search of more flint. Ladders and wooden platforms made extracting the ore easier. This task was Herculean as the only picks available were reindeer antler. When a mine was exhausted, a ...

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