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Recent work at the Lower Palaeolithic site of Corfe Mullen, Dorset, England

McNabb, J., Hosfield, R., Dearling, K., Barker, D., Strutt, K., Cole, J., Bates, M. and Toms, P. (2012) Recent work at the Lower Palaeolithic site of Corfe Mullen, Dorset, England. Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society, 78. pp. 35-50. ISSN 0079-797X

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1017/S0079497X00027092

Abstract/Summary

Changes in the geological interpretation of the history of the ancient Solent river basin have focused attention on the handaxes discovered in the Corfe Mullen area during quarrying before the Second World War. Recent geological research suggests that the fluvial terrace the handaxes are associated with may pre-date the Anglian glaciation. This is important because it contributes to the question of just when the Solent basin was first occupied by hominins, and how this relates to other areas of possible contemporary pre-Anglian occupation such as the Boxgrove Marine embayment. However, the artefacts were believed to come from the bluff of the river terrace and were thus not in situ. This paper explores that question and re-examines the context from which the handaxes at Corfe Mullen were discovered.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Science > School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Science > Department of Archaeology
ID Code:42495
Publisher:Prehistoric Society

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