The distribution of early Palaeolithic sites in Britain
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No Stone Unturned: Papers in Honour of Roger Jacobi
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This paper provides an initial examination of the distribution of handaxe sites compared to Levallois sites in Britain based on the recently digitised Palaeolithic site records at the British Museum. The pattern suggests a wide distribution of handaxe sites across southern and eastern England in contrast to a more limited distribution of Levallois sites in London and Kent. Collector bias and differential access to geological deposits are examined as factors in determining the pattern, but the conclusion drawn is that there is still an underlying pattern that relates to Lower and Early Middle Palaeolithic land-use. It is suggested that this may reflect the changing palaeogeography of Britain from MIS 13 through to MIS 7.
AuthorsAshton, N; LEWIS, S; HARRIS, CRE
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