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One million-year-old settlement uncovered in Britain
Ancient Origins ^ | January 13, 2014 | April Holloway

Posted on 01/16/2014 8:11:02 PM PST by SunkenCiv

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 in Britain.

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.

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TOPICS: History; Science; Travel
KEYWORDS: aprilholloway; archaeology; britain; england; fauxiantrolls; godsgravesglyphs; happisburgh; homoerectus; multiregionalism; norfolk; uk; unitedkingdom
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One million-year-old settlement uncovered in Britain

1 posted on 01/16/2014 8:11:02 PM PST by SunkenCiv
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To: StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; decimon; 1010RD; 21twelve; 24Karet; 2ndDivisionVet; ...

2 posted on 01/16/2014 8:12:14 PM PST by SunkenCiv (;http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: SunkenCiv

If they find any yellow teeth, it`ll be certain they`re Brits.


3 posted on 01/16/2014 8:14:09 PM PST by bunkerhill7 ("The Second Amendment has no limits on firepower"-NY State Senator Kathleen A. Marchione.")
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To: SunkenCiv

Paging Quatermass.


4 posted on 01/16/2014 8:22:07 PM PST by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: SunkenCiv

Giant grasshoppers?


5 posted on 01/16/2014 8:22:18 PM PST by null and void (We need to shake this snowglobe up.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Is that the prophet? He’s a long way from Arabia.


6 posted on 01/16/2014 8:23:40 PM PST by House Atreides
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To: SunkenCiv

Wow... a million years. In Britain. Any recoverable DNA could be the hughest and seriest thing ever.


7 posted on 01/16/2014 8:24:23 PM PST by FredZarguna (Das is nicht richtig nur falsch. Das ist nicht einmal falsch.)
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To: Kirkwood

Eleven steeeeking seconds! Darn you.


8 posted on 01/16/2014 8:25:58 PM PST by null and void (We need to shake this snowglobe up.)
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To: SunkenCiv
Never thought about folks or pre-folks being in Britain a million years ago............Interesting.
9 posted on 01/16/2014 8:28:05 PM PST by The Cajun (Sarah Palin, Mark Levin, Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Louie Gohmert......Nuff said.)
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To: SunkenCiv

I don’t know about the birth place of British civilization but hominid remains could answer some questions recently raised about the number and questionable separation of hominid species at the time.


10 posted on 01/16/2014 8:28:43 PM PST by JimSEA
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To: SunkenCiv

Actual photo

Typical Norwich fan, Saturday night, 4 pints in.

11 posted on 01/16/2014 8:30:50 PM PST by FredZarguna (Das is nicht richtig nur falsch. Das ist nicht einmal falsch.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Nonsense. Key elements of a silly story: “believe they have found,” “one million-year-old,” “Happisburgh could be the first place where humans settled in Britain,” sabre-toothed tigers—they are cats—not “tigers,” “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.” Not one aspect of this story is scientifically provable. “Believe” is a word delegated to religions, not a scientific term as the left would have us “believe. Yes, I know—gonna’ get hell for this. And “hell?” What does the left know about it despite their usage? And the picture with the story? They want us to take it seriously as if it is a true rendition of a prehistoric individual. This is laughable, but unfortunately the low information crowd will accept it on “faith.””


12 posted on 01/16/2014 8:32:54 PM PST by Fungi
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To: SunkenCiv

A million years is a long time.

Maybe it is a ka-jillion.


13 posted on 01/16/2014 8:34:48 PM PST by ifinnegan
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To: SunkenCiv

Is that before or after the extraterrestrials modified their DNA to make them suitable for gold mining?


14 posted on 01/16/2014 8:35:11 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (Jealousy is when you count someone else's blessings instead of your own.)
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To: SunkenCiv

So ancient man was the dudes hanging out doing drugs and asking for money?


15 posted on 01/16/2014 8:35:33 PM PST by ifinnegan
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To: null and void

That’s really the pits.


16 posted on 01/16/2014 8:36:42 PM PST by null and void (We need to shake this snowglobe up.)
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To: SunkenCiv

underneath a £15-a-night caravan park....
The guys from Top Gear UK must be happy.


17 posted on 01/16/2014 8:39:08 PM PST by minnesota_bound
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To: SunkenCiv

They already made a documentary movie about these early British people:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TvkwBmfZAeo


18 posted on 01/16/2014 8:42:52 PM PST by kaehurowing
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To: FredZarguna

19 posted on 01/16/2014 8:51:40 PM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: Fungi

There are no known human settlements 1 million years old. Anywhere.

Pure bullsh*t.


20 posted on 01/16/2014 8:58:07 PM PST by Reagan‹berAlles
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To: martin_fierro

Oh by the way... Which one’s Pink?

But seriously, Prehistoric Limey Man looks like more of a Deadhead.


21 posted on 01/16/2014 9:03:12 PM PST by WhistlingPastTheGraveyard (If you don't stand up, you don't stand a chance.)
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To: FredZarguna

That’s pretty much what I was thinking.

Looks like a hooligan on his way to the game.


22 posted on 01/16/2014 9:04:49 PM PST by Grimmy (equivocation is but the first step along the road to capitulation)
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To: FredZarguna

and valet parking for your wheels


23 posted on 01/16/2014 9:08:47 PM PST by morphing libertarian
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To: Reagan√úberAlles
There are no known human settlements 1 million years old. Anywhere. Pure bullsh*t.

Agree. Extraordinary claims demand extraordinary proofs.

24 posted on 01/16/2014 9:26:49 PM PST by Bernard Marx
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To: SunkenCiv
So how much did the plaintiff get? (Earliest lawyers found?)

Oh.

That kind of settlement...

25 posted on 01/16/2014 9:28:20 PM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Looks like a Kucinich relation.


26 posted on 01/16/2014 9:33:11 PM PST by aquila48
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To: SunkenCiv

This guy, long-lost brother of Helen Thomas, looks like he was rode hard and put away wet.


27 posted on 01/16/2014 9:50:00 PM PST by EinNYC
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To: SunkenCiv

“I’m a simple caveman. Your ways frighten and confuse me...”


28 posted on 01/16/2014 10:34:15 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: FredZarguna

Yeah, but did he save money at Geico?


29 posted on 01/17/2014 1:10:42 AM PST by Hugin
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>> Scientists now believe that it was the first

Because it’s the oldest one the diggers found...


30 posted on 01/17/2014 1:12:50 AM PST by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: null and void

You remember that movie gem with Wendell Corey?


31 posted on 01/17/2014 1:17:07 AM PST by count-your-change (you don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough)
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To: SunkenCiv

The site was dated by a scrap of parchment with the words “One Million Years B.C.” and a drawing of a cave woman clad in an oh so brief animal skin.


32 posted on 01/17/2014 1:25:06 AM PST by count-your-change (you don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough)
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To: SunkenCiv

Sounds like more junk science from the Society for Creative Studies


33 posted on 01/17/2014 2:32:38 AM PST by ZULU (Magua is sitting in the Oval Office. Ted Cruz/Phil Robertson in 2016.)
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To: SunkenCiv
Scientists now believe that it was the first, or one of the first settlement sites of early humans in Britain.

Most logically not likely. Every time they find something older than before they claim it to be from the very beginning. It like have a sack of pennies, and everytime I pull an older one out I declare it to be the oldest penny in the bag.

34 posted on 01/17/2014 2:58:33 AM PST by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: bunkerhill7
If they find any yellow teeth, it`ll be certain they`re Brits.

Only if it's from tannin...

35 posted on 01/17/2014 3:17:10 AM PST by trebb (Where in the the hell has my country gone?)
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To: SunkenCiv

bflr


36 posted on 01/17/2014 4:07:26 AM PST by SunTzuWu
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To: SunkenCiv

They had tort lawyers back the? Who knew?


37 posted on 01/17/2014 5:16:42 AM PST by DariusBane (Liberty and Risk. Flip sides of the same coin. So how much risk will YOU accept?)
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To: SunkenCiv
You could just ask this guy, he probably knew him personally...


38 posted on 01/17/2014 5:29:09 AM PST by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: SunkenCiv

Fascinating find.

Odd, though, that they put that picture with the piece, even though they say that they have yet to find human remains. Or is that one of the researchers?


39 posted on 01/17/2014 6:01:02 AM PST by Bigg Red (O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! Ps 8)
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To: count-your-change; Kirkwood

Yes, but I wasn’t thinking of The Beginning of the End, I was thinking of Quatermass and The Pit, AKA 5 Million Years to Earth.


40 posted on 01/17/2014 6:48:10 AM PST by null and void (We need to shake this snowglobe up.)
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To: SunkenCiv

There's way too much circular reasoning goin' on 'round here!!!

Best of Foghorn Leghorn

41 posted on 01/17/2014 7:17:11 AM PST by fishtank (The denial of original sin is the root of liberalism.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Well, I don’t know that I would say the occupants of the site a million years ago were “human,” at least not in the sense of modern humans or Neanderthals.


42 posted on 01/17/2014 3:35:40 PM PST by colorado tanker
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To: SunkenCiv

later read


43 posted on 01/17/2014 3:36:39 PM PST by Ditter
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To: martin_fierro

We have a match.


44 posted on 01/17/2014 3:42:32 PM PST by bmwcyle (People who do not study history are destine to believe really ignorant statements.)
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To: SunkenCiv

I wanted to see some of the tools they found.


45 posted on 01/17/2014 4:11:56 PM PST by Ditter
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To: SunkenCiv
Related?

Stranger In A New Land

46 posted on 01/17/2014 4:16:15 PM PST by blam
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To: fishtank

The only circular argument is the denial of the age of the Earth, which is circa 4.5 billion years.


47 posted on 01/17/2014 4:39:38 PM PST by SunkenCiv (;http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: Gene Eric

...so far...


48 posted on 01/17/2014 5:03:38 PM PST by SunkenCiv (;http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: JimSEA; The Cajun; Bigg Red; colorado tanker; Ditter; blam

Artifacts had been found in the UK in excess of 500K bp in date, and of course younger; but there is a gap in finds beginning some 1000s of years after the megaflood which separated Britain from the continent at least 200K years ago; it’s as if humans/hominids were living there and making tools, then were cut off by the new Channel, and thereafter went extinct (or moved out) for unknown reasons. Seems more likely that glaciation did what it seems to have done elsewhere — pushed the locals to lower altitudes which are now the submerged continental shelf, hence and artifact gap.

The idea that no one could use a boat that long ago of course is rubbish.

http://www.freerepublic.com/tag/doggerland/index

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1983483/posts
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/2272129/posts
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/2483518/posts

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1303669/posts


49 posted on 01/17/2014 5:08:12 PM PST by SunkenCiv (;http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: SunkenCiv

Exactly! Almost all of what we know today as Great Britain is covered by an ice sheet during a glacial age. And what would have been fertile lowlands is under water. That makes it pretty tough to find the really old sites.


50 posted on 01/17/2014 5:18:38 PM PST by colorado tanker
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