Britain’s first inhabitants lived in Kent, Stone Age find reveals

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Dr Tomos Proffitt of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, who analyzed the tools found at Fordwich, said: “The discovery of these artifacts may therefore suggest that people at this time prepared animal skins, may -be for clothing or shelter.

“The range of stone tools, not only from the original finds, but also from our new, smaller excavations, suggests that hominids, living in what would become Britain, thrived and not just survived.”

The Fordwich site was originally discovered in the 1920s, and a collection of hand axes found at the time are now in the British Museum. However, the site was then forgotten for decades until Dr. Alastair Key and his team began their excavations.

With this new information, the Cambridge team say it “can now begin to take its place among the most important early Acheulean sites in northwest Europe”. Acheulean refers to Stone Age hominid tools.

Mysteries remain to be unraveled

There are still many mysteries to unlock on the site. Much of the evidence for Stone Age humans in Britain comes from south of the Thames, where glaciation did not reach and the climate was milder.

However, the presence of tools at Fordwich does not mean that these early humans did not wander elsewhere as well. Instead, it may simply indicate that the area was so rich in readily available flint that hunter-gatherers could afford to abandon their tools.

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