Monument record KTD 006 - Kentford Railway Pit, Great Eastern Railway Pit, Kentford, (Palaeolithic, Mesolithic)

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Summary

Major Palaeolithic site.

Location

Grid reference Centred TL 717 669 (522m by 208m) (Centred on)
Map sheet TL76NW
Civil Parish KENTFORD, FOREST HEATH, SUFFOLK

Map

Type and Period (2)

Full Description

1880s: Major Palaeolithic site. Varied fauna, possible hippo remains suggesting MIS5e date but cannot be confirmed. For detailed discussion & plotting see (S1).

Area plotted on HER map after 1903 OS map of former Great Eastern Railway pit (S2), though note further Palaeolithic finds in extensive pit-workings to North & North West (see S1, fig 32). See also KTD 037

Recorded by GeoSuffolk as "Exposure of Pleistocene pre-Devensian terrace deposits of Kennet valley. Important findspot of interglacial mammal fossils and Acheulean hand-axes found in the 19th century. Upper and lower gravel units identified. Surface mapped by BGS as Terrace 4." (S3).

Note material recorded as from Kennett (Cambridgeshire) - probably form this pit, (See KTD 036)

Also Terminal Upper Palaeolithic and Mesolithic material, (S4-S6)

Sources/Archives (7)

  • <S1`> Bibliographic reference: Wymer, J.J.. 1985. Palaeolithic Sites of East Anglia. Wymer J, Pal Sites of E Anglia, 1985, Norwich, 96-9, fig 32.
  • <S2> Map: OS. OS Map. Ordnance Survey Map 1903.
  • <S3> Verbal communication: Personal communication. Tim Holt-Wilson email to Colin Pendleton (SCCAS), 12 Aug 2008.
  • <S4> Digital archive: Wymer, J.J.. 1999. The Lower Palaeolithic Occupation of Britain (TERPs) The Lower Palaeolithic Occupation of Britain (TERPS). 22501.
  • <S5> Bibliographic reference: Billington, L, P.. 2016. Lithic Scatters and Landscape Occupation in the Late Upper Palaeolithic and Mesolithic: A Case Study from Eastern England.. P 203, M 1041.
  • <S6> Digital archive: Jacobi, R.. 2014. Palaeolithic and Mesolithic Lithic Artefact (PaMELA) database. 268, 274, 273.
  • <S7> Digital archive: Historic England. National Record Of the Historic Environment.

Finds (21)

Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

Related Monuments/Buildings (1)

Related Events/Activities (3)

Record last edited

Jan 18 2021 2:23PM

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