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

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Major Palaeolithic site.


Grid reference Centred TL 717 669 (522m by 208m) Centred on
Map sheet TL76NW


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

Oct 25 2021 10:52AM

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