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Prehistoric man talk is most successful HHG meeting to date….

Nick Ashton, curator of Prehistory at the British Museum, gave a fascinating lecture to an audience of nearly 80 people, villagers and professional archaeologists, on December 11th in Hoxne. The talk entitled ‘From Happisburgh to Hoxne: the occupation of early man in northern Europe’, focused on the interpretation of evidence from the recent findings of prehistoric footprints at Happisburgh and also from the excavation of the Hoxne brickworks site. He explained how the identification of pollen grains, flint tools and animal bones gave insight into how early man may have lived and how the fluctuations of warm periods interspersed with ice ages would have influenced settlement. Man would not have been able to survive during the ice ages and this would necessitate migration to warmer climates. As temperatures rose, so early man moved northwards to inhabit Britain again. At this time Britain was still linked to Europe. It is likely that early man would have had extensive thick body hair to keep warm.

The lecture has been filmed and we hope to upload it onto the website in due course.