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Kent Archaeological Review extract

News from the Groups --
Palaeolithic hand axes at Stansted.
by Roger Walsh.
(Fawkham and Ash.)

We have proved locally that the presence of an active group and the enrolment of interested members of the public as "Friends" can pay dividends. Most people are interested in archaeology in some form or another and many bring us objects for identification. Quite a few of these are natural fossils and, often, stones which have been wrought by nature into the semblance of man-made tools. However, the reports are very useful and help us to piece together man's past activities in the area.

To give an example, Figures 1 and 2 illustrate Palaeolithic hand axes which have been found locally (NGR TQ 602 638) and which are the first to be published in this area to the writer's knowledge. One axe on its own could have been accidental (e.g. picked up from another locality by someone and subsequently lost), but these two, being relatively close together and of the same period, makea strong argument that this area was utilised by man in the Early Stone Age.

Figure 1 illustrates a finely worked Acheulean twisted ovate, 115 x 74 x 30 millimetres, which was found some years ago by Mr L Bailey. Figure 2 illustrates a larger Cordate type, measuring 147 x 98 x 36 millimetres, which was found early in 1970 (only some quarter of a mile away from the other hand axe) by Mr L Dew. Both these implements appear to relate to the middle-late Acheulean period.

DRAWING: Handaxe.

DRAWING: Handaxe.


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