Monument record GSE 061 - Pakefield Cliffs, Gisleham, (Palaeolithic).

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Summary

Internationally important Lower Palaeolithic Cromer Forest-bed deposits of Cromerian (pre Anglian glaciation) date, including finds of fresh in situ flints exposed on foreshore and along base of cliff.

Location

Grid reference Centred TM 5361 8822 (111m by 317m) (Approximate)
Map sheet TM58NW
Civil Parish CORTON, WAVENEY, SUFFOLK
Civil Parish GISLEHAM, WAVENEY, SUFFOLK

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Full Description

Internationally important Lower Palaeolithic Cromer Forest-bed deposits of Cromerian (pre Anglian glaciation) date (circa 500,000 - 700,000 BP) including finds of fresh in situ flints exposed on foreshore and along base of cliff. Deposits extend north of Lowestoft to Corton (at least) and extending south towards Kessingland. Brief details in (S1-7).

2000: First in-situ flake found by member of Quaternary Research Association in 2000 (S2).

2002: Further flints from site reported to John Wymer by Paul Durbidge in November 2002, leading to excavation (S5)(S2).

2005: Area of excavation/s mapped on HER map by Paul Durbidge, December 2005, Further details outstanding.

Scientific dating report on British Aggregates by English Heritage (S6).

Within SSSI.

Sources/Archives (11)

  • <S1> Bibliographic reference: Parfitt S & Ashton N. 2003. Pre-Glacial Archaeology of Norfolk & Suffolk Coasts, draft ms.
  • <S2> Article in serial: Parfitt S et al,. 2006. Pakefield - a weekend to remember'. Parfitt S et al, 'Pakefield - a weekend to remember', Jan-Feb 2006, 19-27.
  • <S3> News Paper: Nuttall D & Robinson C. 2005. This was Suffolk 700,000 years ago.
  • <S4> Article in serial: The Times (newspaper). Henderson M, 'Lowestoft Man rewrites history', Dec 15, 2005.
  • <S4> News Paper: Henderson M. 2005. Lowestoft Man rewrites history.
  • <S5> Personal Correspondence: Wymer J,. 2002. Wymer J, to Wade K, 21 November 2002. Wymer J, to Wade K, 21 November 2002.
  • <S6> Bibliographic reference: English Heritage. 2008. British Aggregates Scientific Dating Report, no. 6-2008. English Heritage, British Aggregates Scientific Dating Report, no. 6-2008.
  • <S7> Article in serial: Parfitt, S. A, Snelling, A. J, Evans, A. A, Jacobi, R. M.. 2008. FURTHER DISCOVERIES OF LOWER PALAEOLITHIC FURTHER DISCOVERIES OF LOWER PALAEOLITHIC STONE TOOLS IN THE CROMER FOREST-BED FORMATION AT PAKEFIELD-KESSINGLAND. PSIA 41, 2008, 489-495.
  • <S8> Bibliographic reference: Pettitt, P.B. & White, M.J.. 2012. The British Palaeolithic: Human Societies at the Edge of the Pleistocene World.
  • <S9> Web Page: AHOB. Ahob Website, (Pakefield Entry).
  • <S10> Article in serial: Parfitt, S.A et al. 2005. The earliest record of human activity in northern Europe.

Finds (5)

Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

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Record last edited

Sep 7 2020 12:33PM

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