This is the first time that archaeological finds of this age, including another spectacular “giant” handaxe, have been found in the Medway Valley as part of a large-scale excavation, giving researchers a chance to learn more about their makers’ lives.
Dr Matt Pope (UCL Foundation of Antiquarianism), said: ” The Maritime Academy’s excavations have provided us with an extremely useful opportunity to investigate the evolution of an entire Ice Age landscape over a quarter of a million years ago. A program of logical examination, including experts from UCL and other UK establishments, will currently assist us with understanding the reason why the site was vital to old individuals and how the stone relics, including the ‘monster handaxes’ assisted them with adjusting to the difficulties of Ice Age conditions.”
The recovered artifacts are being identified and studied by the research team to learn more about their creators and uses.
Senior Classicist Giles Dawkes (UCL Organization of Paleohistory) is driving work on a second huge find from the site – – a Roman burial ground, dating to basically a fourth of 1,000,000 years after the fact than the Ice Age movement. Individuals covered here between the first and fourth hundreds of years Promotion might have been the occupants of a thought close by estate that might have lain around 850 meters toward the south.
The group found the remaining parts of 25 people, 13 of which were incinerated. Nine of the covered people were found with merchandise or individual things including wristbands, and four were entombed in wooden final resting places. Nearby collections of pottery and animal bones probably refer to feasting practices during burial. However Roman structures and designs have been broadly unearthed, graveyards have generally been to a lesser extent a concentration for archeologists and the disclosure of this site offers possibly new bits of knowledge into the entombment customs and customs of both the Romans who inhabited the estate, and those in the close by town of Rochester.
Jody Murphy, Overseer of Training at the Reasoning Schools Foundation Trust said: ” We, at Maritime Academy and the Thinking Schools Academy Trust, consider ourselves extremely fortunate to have contributed to this amazing discovery. We are extremely proud of our connection to the community and region that we live in, and a significant portion of our school identity is based on Medway’s past. We are excited to use this one-of-a-kind opportunity to educate our young people about these finds and leave a lasting legacy for those who came before us.”