Skip to comments.One million-year-old settlement uncovered in Britain
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 Museums 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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If they find any yellow teeth, it`ll be certain they`re Brits.
Is that the prophet? He’s a long way from Arabia.
Wow... a million years. In Britain. Any recoverable DNA could be the hughest and seriest thing ever.
Eleven steeeeking seconds! Darn you.
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.
Typical Norwich fan, Saturday night, 4 pints in.
Nonsense. Key elements of a silly story: âbelieve they have found,â âone million-year-old,â âHappisburgh could be the first place where humans settled in Britain,â sabre-toothed tigersâthey are catsânot âtigers,â âthe 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.â Not one aspect of this story is scientifically provable. ÂBelieveÂ is a word delegated to religions, not a scientific term as the left would have us Âbelieve. 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.”Â
A million years is a long time.
Maybe it is a ka-jillion.
Is that before or after the extraterrestrials modified their DNA to make them suitable for gold mining?
So ancient man was the dudes hanging out doing drugs and asking for money?
That’s really the pits.
underneath a £15-a-night caravan park....
The guys from Top Gear UK must be happy.
They already made a documentary movie about these early British people:
There are no known human settlements 1 million years old. Anywhere.
Oh by the way... Which one’s Pink?
But seriously, Prehistoric Limey Man looks like more of a Deadhead.
That’s pretty much what I was thinking.
Looks like a hooligan on his way to the game.
and valet parking for your wheels
Agree. Extraordinary claims demand extraordinary proofs.
That kind of settlement...
Looks like a Kucinich relation.
This guy, long-lost brother of Helen Thomas, looks like he was rode hard and put away wet.
“I’m a simple caveman. Your ways frighten and confuse me...”
Yeah, but did he save money at Geico?
>> Scientists now believe that it was the first
Because it’s the oldest one the diggers found...
You remember that movie gem with Wendell Corey?
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.
Sounds like more junk science from the Society for Creative Studies
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.
Only if it's from tannin...
They had tort lawyers back the? Who knew?
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?
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.
There's way too much circular reasoning goin' on 'round here!!!
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.
We have a match.
I wanted to see some of the tools they found.
The only circular argument is the denial of the age of the Earth, which is circa 4.5 billion years.
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.
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.