Palaeolithic in the Stour Valley (Kent)

Principal investigator: Peter Knowles
Level: PhD level research

I'm a doctoral research student at Durham University. My doctoral research project is trying to establish if there is evidence for cultural patterning in early and middle Palaeolithic handaxes, for this study I am focusing on the very narrow spatial region and broad temporal period represented in the east Kent river Stour's fluvial archive, an area which is rich in Palaeolithic artefacts, most, however, are now in historic museum collections and were collected in the late 19th and early 20th centuries when the gravel pits on the valley's edge were still dug by hand, as a result, the collections are low in important contextual data.

Having access to recent detailed finds locations would certainly enhance this study, as it would be possible to theoretically reposition the handaxes back into the landscape at the place of their original discovery using GIS maps that I'm developing, this, in turn, could enable prospecting for previously unrecognised Pleistocene deposits that may contain further Palaeolithic material, which is a key outcome from my research.

Referee: Mark White (Durham University)

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