Monument record BSE 065 - The Grindle; Grindle Pit, Bury St Edmunds, (Palaeolithic).

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1863-1867: Notes & sections relating to finds from Grindle pit in Prigg notebook.


Grid reference Centred TL 8594 6325 (207m by 91m) (Centred on)
Map sheet TL86SE


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1863-1867: Notes & sections relating to finds from Grindle pit in Prigg notebook - details in (S2). Now mostly built over.
Wymer states more palaeoliths have been found here than any other site in Bury St Edmunds, some possibly in primary context. Variable sections described in Geological Survey Memoir in 1886 (S4), and in Evans (1897, S5). Wymer records the industry as a `highly refined Acheulian one' including some Levalloisian flakes (S1).

Also see Un, for inhumation excavated by Prigg in 1866.

Presence of twiste ovate handaxes could indicate an MIS 11 date, but presence of Levallois may suggest later or mixed assemblage, (S6, S7).

Sources/Archives (7)

  • <S1> Bibliographic reference: Wymer, J.J.. 1985. Palaeolithic Sites of East Anglia.
  • <S2> Unpublished document: Prigg, H.. 1863-1867. Prigg H, Notebook no. 2. Prigg H, Notebook no. 2, Ms, 1863-1867, Suff Rec Off, Acc no. 1202, 29,30,52,59.
  • <S3> Digital archive: Wymer, J.J.. 1999. The Lower Palaeolithic Occupation of Britain (TERPs) The Lower Palaeolithic Occupation of Britain (TERPS). 22556.
  • <S4> Article in serial: Bennett, F.J; Blake, J.H.. 1886. The Geology of the Country Between and South of Bury St Edmunds and Newmarket.. ; Whitaker, W. 1886. Bennett F J et al, Mem Geol Surv Eng & Wales, 1886.
  • <S5> Bibliographic reference: Evans, J.. 1897. The Ancient Stone implements, weapons and ornaments of Great Britain.
  • <S6> Personal Correspondence: Cutler, Hannah. 2019. Personal Observations as part of the Enhancement of the Suffolk HER for the Palaeolithic & Mesolithic Periods project.
  • <S7> Article in serial: White, M.J. & Ashton, N; Bridgland.. 2019. Twisted Handaxes in Middle Pleistocene Britain and their Implications for Regional-scale Cultural Variation and the Deep History of Acheulean Hominin Groups.

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Jan 13 2020 10:03AM

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