I am an amateur archaeologist who has been excavating and collecting from a single lower palaeolithic site in the Colne Valley for over 15 years.
Despite the county archaeologist recognising the artefacts were man made,I was also informed that there was no funding nor nobody with sufficient expertise within their department to evaluate the collection.
The British Musuem and AHOB (Ancient Habitation of Britain project) at Natural History Museum have been approached several times but also are overworked,underfunded and have interests elsewhere…they have NEVER been to visit the site,the apathy,indifference and disinterest shown by AHOB in particular is quite suprising to say the least!
This site eventually will be able to show,through an extensive collection of over 10,000 stone artefacts,that the creators of these artefacts had a superior intelligence than previously known…and this civilisation (the last of Homo Erectus or Homo Heidelbergensis in Europe) which had survived for over a million years in Africa,brought much of that experiencal knowledge with them to Europe around a million years ago.
This site is on the shoreline of the Pleistocene River Thames which flowed north east through this valley on its way to East Anglia and connected to the Rhine where similiar finds have been dated at 600,000- 800,000 years or older.
This site lies just south of where the glaciers stopped at Bricket wood and during the ice age the Thames was blocked,backed up and rose over a 100 ft forming a massive lake ( Moor Mill Lake) from St Albans through to Staines,effectively burying the surface artefacts under a protective layer of alkaline sediment which has not been disturbed until recently.In the subsequent flooding and laying down of the gravels in this valley,this site,due to its location was NOT covered or disturbed and many artefacts come out of the ground in pristine,unused condition…including bone tools,mineralised leather and the remains of various materials used to modify flint tools..possibly resin,glue or putty.
Various archaeological reports from this area confirm much of my theories especially an overlooked British Museum report from 1914 very close to this site although at that time much current knowledge was unknown then…the geological survey shows the sunken river channel at the depth of my site although it couldnt have been excavated here due to the fact that the site was under water until drainage changes in the last 10 years have dried it out.
Roger Jacobi himself,who only lived a mile away and started his career on this exact site had said “this is exactly where I expect an early palaeolithic dwelling site would be found in the future” but was never fit enough to visit before he sadly passed away…and nobody else at the British Museum appears to be interested despite many emails over the last 5 years informing them of the finds here.
Current excavations at Pakefield and Happisburgh in East Anglia have confirmed that early man DID arrive in Britain before the Anglian Ice Age c 475,000 years ago (and possibly as long ago as a million years) so hopefully the Archaeological establishment will take notice and do the required context,testing and testing data that needs to be done.
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