Monument record HRK 006 - Edge of River Stour, Harkstead, (Palaeolithic)

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Summary

A low, circa 5m high, cliff faces the Stour estuary along Harkstead shore, where faunal remains and a few palaeoliths have been found in the cliffs or on the foreshore (S1).

Location

Grid reference Centred TM 1915 3332 (268m by 183m) (Centred on)
Map sheet TM13SE
Civil Parish HARKSTEAD, BABERGH, SUFFOLK

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Full Description

A low, circa 5m high, cliff faces the Stour estuary along Harkstead shore, where faunal remains and a few palaeoliths have been found in the cliffs or on the foreshore (S1).

Faunal remains include:- elephant, horse, red deer, giant ox or bison, mammoth, rhinoceros and vole. Pal artefacts include:- 7 broken or complete hand-axes, 4 flakes, 1 levallois core and 1 levallois side scraper (S1-S4). Most are rolled and stained and probably derive from gravel deposit, although one unstained hand-axe was found in 'gravel below peat' on 4/8/1945 by Commander Todd (S3), and the scraper was in sharp condition and probably derives from the brick earth above the gravel, as do some, if not all, of the faunal remains (S1).

1945: Handaxe found
Pre 1970: visits by Spencer, Fauna, Flakes Handaxes
1975: Handaxe found
1979: Visit by Wymer, Handaxes and a flake
Pre 1950: (Death of Todd), Todd Collection, Handaxes, Levallois core, (S1-S6).

Sources/Archives (6)

  • <S1> Bibliographic reference: Wymer, J.J.. 1985. Palaeolithic Sites of East Anglia. 236-237.
  • <S2> Index: OS. OS Card. OS, card TM13SE16.
  • <S3> Index: Ipswich Museum. IPSMG card. IPSMG, card Harkstead Palaeolithic.
  • <S4> Index: Ipswich Museum. IPSMG card. IPSMG, card 961-89.
  • <|S5> Digital archive: Wymer, J.J.. 1999. The Lower Palaeolithic Occupation of Britain (TERPs) The Lower Palaeolithic Occupation of Britain (TERPS). 22826.
  • <S6> Article in serial: Owles, E. J.. 1975. Archaeology in Suffolk, 1975. XXXIII.3, pp. 322–328..

Finds (7)

Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

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Record last edited

Nov 10 2020 3:01PM

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