Stone implements dating from 9000 to 2400bc
A square Study Area extending for 1km from the centre of the Site has been considered in order to provide an archaeological and historical context for interpretation.Human activity has been identified across the Study Area from the early prehistoric period to the 20th century with an emphasis on Palaeolithic through to Anglo-Saxon occupation areas at two sites to the east; Wyre Grove and Western International Market.Celtic art is associated with the peoples known as Celts; those who spoke the Celtic languages in Europe from pre-history through to the modern period, as well as the art of ancient peoples whose language is uncertain, but have cultural and stylistic similarities with speakers of Celtic languages.Celtic art is a difficult term to define, covering a huge expanse of time, geography and cultures.This is the best-known part, but not the whole of, the Celtic art of the Early Middle Ages, which also includes the Pictish art of Scotland.
Coinciding with the beginnings of a coherent archaeological understanding of the earlier periods, the style self-consciously used motifs closely copied from works of the earlier periods, more often the Insular than the Iron Age.A case has been made for artistic continuity in Europe from the Bronze Age, and indeed the preceding Neolithic age; however archaeologists generally use "Celtic" to refer to the culture of the European Iron Age from around 1000 BC onwards, until the conquest by the Roman Empire of most of the territory concerned, and art historians typically begin to talk about "Celtic art" only from the La Tène period (broadly 5th to 1st centuries BC) onwards.The Early Medieval art of Britain and Ireland, which produced the Book of Kells and other masterpieces, and is what "Celtic art" evokes for much of the general public in the English-speaking world, is called Insular art in art history.Another influence was that of late La Tène "vegetal" art on the Art Nouveau movement.Typically, Celtic art is ornamental, avoiding straight lines and only occasionally using symmetry, without the imitation of nature central to the classical tradition, often involving complex symbolism.
Search for stone implements dating from 9000 to 2400bc:
The potential for the survival of buried archaeological remains prior to this date are therefore considered to be very low.