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Durham University

Department of Archaeology

Research Postgraduates

Publication details for Professor Mark White

Boismier, W., Schreve, D.C., White, M.J., Robertson, D.A., Stuart, A.J., Etienne, S., Andrews, J., Coope, G.R. Field, M., Green, F.M.L. Keen, D.H., Lewis, S.G., French, C.A., Rhodes, E. Schwenninger, J-L., Tovey, K & O'Connor, S. (2003). A Middle Palaeolithic site at Lynford Quarry, Mundford, Norfolk: Interim statement. Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society 69: 314-324.

Author(s) from Durham

Abstract

In late February and early March 2002, an archaeological watching brief at Lynford Quarry, Mundford, Norfolk revealed a palaeochannel with a dark organic fill containing in situ mammoth remains and associated Mousterian stone tools and debitage buried under 2–3 m of bedded sands and gravels. Well-preserved in situ Middle Palaeolithic open air sites are very unusal in Europe and exceedingly rare within a British context. As such, the site was identified as being of national and international importance, and was subsequently excavated by the Norfolk Archaeological Unit. Full analysis of the results are pending and this report presents some of the initial results of the excavation. It sets out how the site was excavated, outlines the stratigraphic sequence for the site, and presents some provisional findings of the excavation based on the results of the assessment work carried out to date.