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In all, the strike lasted 44 days. The Flint sit-down strike was not spontaneous; UAW leaders, inspired by similar strikes across Europe, had been planning it for months. The Flint plant was the biggest coup, however: it contained one of just two sets of body dies that GM used to stamp out almost every one of its cars. By seizing control of the Flint plant, autoworkers could shut down the company almost entirely. They locked themselves in and sat down.


The arrowhead is 3cm 1. I noticed that members of the group had a great deal of interest in, and knowledge of, life in the valley since coal mining took hold in the nineteenth century. It's a long shot, but I'd be very grateful if you could pass this message on to Phil Shepherd, assuming, of course, that he is available to receive it.

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The flint knapping looked fiendishly difficult, and I wondered whether bronze age students went to flint-knapping college. At the moment, however, I have no idea where or how to start looking; but I'm working on it. In view of the article on Phil Shepherd,there is no reason, as far as I can see, why there should not be flint tools or the detritus of flint knapping awaiting discovery in the Ogmore Valley hills or at lower levels. Unexpectedly, the group also contained a comparatively recent gun flint which must have been inadvertently dropped near the Early Bronze Age collection.

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I know this article was published 8 years ago,but I'd very much like to contact Phil Shepherd, living as I do in South Wales and being very interested in its prehistory. I'd love to go out in the field and make interesting discoveries, but I don't know where to start or how to proceed.

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Discoveries like those made by Phil and his colleagues from the Forestry Commission can provide important information about the lives once lived in a particular area of the country, with each piece telling a story, like the ones provided as captions to this article's images. I have passed on your enquiry to one of our archaeologists, and will post their response when I get it - they may choose to contact you by in due course.

Sincerely, Laurence Peddle. There would have been few of the conifers that we now associate with today's Welsh forests.

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In Mesolithic times the climate was warmer and damper and much of the landscape was heavily wooded with oak, elm, birch and hazel trees. Many upland areas have been bare ever since, and hence evidence of ancient life has been left relatively undisturbed - until the more recent deliberate creation of forestry plantations.

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These flints were left behind by a hunter who had been making a spear. The donation of over one and a half thousand small stone relics, collected over 25 years, to the collections of Amgueddfa Cymru, has helped improve our understanding prehistoric life in South Wales. Thanks again; bye for now. Flint is a stone that can be shaped into sharp blades. The prehistory of South Wales is fascinating - it's amazing to think of the time and skill that went into these beautiful pieces, all those years ago.

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For over 25 years, forestry worker Phil Shepherd has searched for prehistoric flint tools as part of his work preparing areas of land for tree-planting or felling for Natural Resources Wales. Comments - 3 laurence peddle. This site uses cookies to improve your experience.

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That being the case, I'd like to be able to write an article about the valley's early history and to it to the local history group, to which end I've decided to leapfrog over a few thousand years in order to end up in the Bronze Age; because I know, from burial mounds and cairns on the hilltops above the valley, that its prehistory goes back at least that far. Your comment. However some, like this example, are made on a much finer quality black chalk flint that was clearly carried into the area from Wiltshire, the closest natural outcrop of flint to Wales. It was only towards the end of the Stone Age period about BC that people cleared the forests to make way for early agriculture.

Phil Dating a Flint worker at National Museum Cardiff with some of the finds he has collected over the past 25 years. I followed the link and watched the video. Name address optional. Nothing seems to be known about the valley in the dark ages or, for all I know, as an outpost of the Roman Empire. The of known Mesolithic sites in the uplands of south Wales has increased considerably through his many discoveries.

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Each piece is about 2. Send us your comment. They include small blades righta block of stone known as a core bottom left from which the blades would have been removed, and a single microlith or barb from a spear top left.

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I should explain that I was born and brought up in the Ogmore Valley and that my interest in its prehistory started when I ed the online Ogmore Valley Local History Facebook Group last year. These razor-sharp blades were used commonly by early man in Wales for hunting deer and spearing fish, as well as for cutting tools.

Hi Laurence, Thanks for comment. When it came to pre-industrial history, however, there were just vague references to post-medieval farming communities. The largest piece shown measures about 2. Prehistoric Wales by F. Lynch, S. Aldhouse-Green and J. Published by Sutton Hi Sara, Thanks very much for your reply. Probably not.

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In this time, Phil discovered 1, individual pieces of flint, all of which he has brought to Amgueddfa Cymru and donated on behalf of Natural Resources Wales. The majority of the flints that Phil has found are made on small pebbles deposited by the melting of Ice Age glaciers. I have really enjoyed learning about flink knapping from Dr Bruce Bradley, who is an expert in the craft, as well as an archaeologist - you might be interested in this video of him at work: Dr Bruce Bradley Flint Knapping Video.

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After nearly years, two world wars and a building industry changed almost beyond recognition since Watson completed his Sedgewick Museum catalogue of stones, it is not surprising that flint craftsmen are not the easiest of skilled tradesmen to find.