THE ruins of a settlement dating back to the Stone Age was unearthed during an archaeological dig by the Environment Agency in Merseyside.
The floor of a dwelling, timber stakes which would have been part of a wall, as well as flints and other utensils were discovered at Lunt Meadows in Sefton.
Liverpool Museum archaeologist Ron Cowell described the find as significant and potentially changing what historians think about Mesolithic man.
He said: “We have always thought that Mesolithic man was nomadic, yet this site presents the possibility that several families may have been living together in one place.
“This find, in archaeological terms, is quite significant and potentially of national importance. It’s by far way above in importance that I have worked with in more than 30 years of archaeology.
“Other sites in the UK have indicated that we have been looking at the period in an over simplistic way, and Lunt Meadows provides further compelling evidence of how Mesolithic people organised their lives. It is a very significant find and a great coup for the region.”
The discovery was made in summer of this year during excavation work at the site alongside the River Alt where the Environment Agency has been recreating the wetland habitat to encourage a greater diversity of wildlife, improve water quality and alleviate flood risk in line with its broad remit to improve, create and protect habitats.
A number of flints and material were found at the site that indicates a settlement of people with some of the material coming from afar afield as North Wales or possibly Derbyshire.