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One Million-Year-Old Settlement Uncovered In Britain

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Archaeologists believe they have found the birthplace of British civilisation, and it is underneath a £15-a-night caravan park in Norfolk, England.   Discoveries at the site include one million-year-old artefacts and fossilised animal remains, which are the oldest ever found in the UK.  Scientists now believe that it was the first, or one of the first settlement sites of early humans.

Although researchers are yet to uncover any human remains from our predecessors, it is believed the site currently lying beneath Manor Caravan Park in Happisburgh, Norfolk, was a settlement created by early human relatives, such as Homo erectus.

“We don’t know which species of early human first came to Britain so my dream is to find a fossil human at Happisburgh,” said Chris Stringer, research leader in human origins at the Natural History Museum.

The complete findings are set to be revealed next month in Natural History Museum’s exhibition: ‘Britain: One Million Years of the Human Story’, where more than 200 specimens and objects will be on display.

“Happisburgh could be the first place where humans settled in Britain,” said Stringer.  “We have some spectacular finds of tools and the fossils of butchered animals beneath cliffs in front of what is now partly a holiday caravan park. We think the site where they lived was on the river Thames, which flowed out into the North Sea at that point.”

The landscape in Norfolk at the time would have been covered with thick forest and populated with dangerous predators such as sabre-toothed tigers and hyenas.  However, it was also a rich hunting ground full of mammoths, bison, deer, and horses.  The early humans living at the time would also have been able to walk to mainland Europe as one million years ago, Kent was connected to Germany.

Watch Video: Britain: One Million Years of the Human Story

By April Holloway



Source: http://www.ancient-origins.net/news-history-archaeology/one-million-year-old-settlement-uncovered-britain-001217


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    • Anonymous

      So, it’s the birth of humans but no humans have been found yet? Sure.
      I’ll be on pins and needles until that exhibit comes out next month

    • dimitri

      That guy in the picture sure looks a million years old to me. How about you? Or is that Uncle Fred, the family biker?

    • robobbob

      when I first read this in an MSMish paper I was floored. Did they really understand what they were saying?
      evolutionists have long declared “man” was really just an African dwelling ape as late as 250K years ago. now they state there were tool using humans in the UK a MILLION years ago? That story as written completely blows away the last hundred years of dogma, and they do it without even blinking or expecting anyone would notice?

      • Mirabolin

        But Neanderthals are thought to have left Africa 700,000 years ago. If they had spent 700,000 years living separately but still able to mix with the peole who stayed in southern Africa 100,000 odd years ago then that’s getting close to 1,000,000 years ago.

      • FaSolLa

        It’s all just speculation. No one really knows because we don’t have enough clues or expertise to know.

    • Tralop

      I’ll probably get nailed for making this correction but it is spelled “artifact”.

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