Recent work at the Lower Palaeolithic site of Corfe Mullen, Dorset, England

John McNabb, Robert Hosfield, Kevin Dearling, Dominic Barker, Kristian Strutt, James Cole, Martin Bates, Phillip Toms

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Changes in the geological interpretation of the history of the ancient Solent river basin have focused attention on the handaxes discovered in the Corfe Mullen area during quarrying before the Second World War. Recent geological research suggests that the fluvial terrace the handaxes are associated with may pre-date the Anglian glaciation. This is important because it contributes to the question of just when the Solent basin was first occupied by hominins, and how this relates to other areas of possible contemporary pre-Anglian occupation such as the Boxgrove Marine embayment. However, the artefacts were believed to come from the bluff of the river terrace and were thus not in situ. This paper explores that question and re-examines the context from which the handaxes at Corfe Mullen were discovered.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)35-50
Number of pages16
JournalProceedings of The Prehistoric Society
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2012


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