After eight years of research, the team has been able to create a ‘historical’ chronology for the first 700 years of settled life in Britain.
“In effect, we have been able to turn pre-history into history.
For the first time ever, computer programmers and archaeologists have now fully developed and utilized on a mass scale a technique – known as Bayesian Chronological Modelling – to be able to glimpse the real political and even military events which shaped Britain’s prehistoric past.
The new research, based on computer-refined radiocarbon dates, strongly suggests that farming life-styles were introduced from the continent through Kent and Essex by immigrants – not simply through the transmission of knowledge and ideas.
In the past we knew about events in prehistory – but we weren’t able to date them sufficiently precisely to put them into a chronological sequence,” said Dr.
Alex Bayliss, English Heritage’s chief dating specialist.
It was first created by Wilhelm Schickard in 1623, and it operated by pulling or pushing rods set inside a glass case.
By definition, a computer is any device capable of performing mathematical equations or calculations.
Therefore, many simple devices such as an abacus (which dates back to at least 300 BCE) or a slide rule (first made in England in the 1630s) are the forerunners of today's modern computers.
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This timeline explores how Manchester has continuously helped shape the development of computer science from 1947 to the present day.