Early Devensian (MIS 5d-5b) occupation at Dartford, southeast England

Wenban-Smith, Francis, Bates, M. and Schwenninger, Jean-Luc (2010) Early Devensian (MIS 5d-5b) occupation at Dartford, southeast England. Journal of Quaternary Science, 25, (8), 1193-1199. (doi:10.1002/jqs.1447).


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A deeply buried horizon containing mint-condition flint artefacts was discovered in 2006 during archaeological investigations in advance of major roadworks near Dartford, Kent, in southeast England. The context of the artefacts and the freshness of their condition suggest this horizon represents a buried occupation surface. Optically stimulated luminescence dating places this horizon in the period Marine Isotope Stage 5d–5b, early in the British Devensian glaciation. This paper describes details of the artefacts, their context and dates, and outlines how this apparent occupation fits in with the wider pattern of Neanderthal settlement in Britain and northwest Europe in the later Pleistocene

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1002/jqs.1447
Additional Information: First proof of UK occupation in early last glaciation; ties in with history of UK occupation and early Neanderthal links with continent.
ISSNs: 0267-8179 (print)
Keywords: middle palaeolithic, neanderthal, britain, nw europe, devensian, mis 5, buried land surface
Subjects: C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Humanities > Archaeology
ePrint ID: 159361
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
December 2010Published
Date Deposited: 29 Jun 2010 15:58
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 13:27
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/159361

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