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'Gowlett JAJ, Chambers JC, Hallos J, Pumphrey TRJ, 1998: Beeches Pit: First Views of the Archaeology of a Middle Pleistocene Site in Suffolk, UK, in European Context. Anthropologie (Brno) 36, 1-2: 91-97'.
Beeches Pit is an archaeological site of Middle Pleistocene age located about 10 km from Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, UK. From 1992 exploratory excavations were carried out on the north side of a 19th century brickpit. In 1996 a second phase of archaeological work began on a larger scale. The former brickpit preserves a transect of a former channel aligned roughly from E- W. This channel or creek was initiated in fluvioglacial conditions and silted up during an ensuing interglacial. The two principal archaeological localities, separated by about 20 metres, are on the north flank of the channel, and are incorporated in tufaceous sediments or in clays overlying these. The flints include a number of burnt specimens. In 1996 localised baked sediment was also discovered, which was raised as a block in 1997 for further study. Faunal remains include microfauna and elements of a large deer, Beeches Pit is a rare British site where occupation can be attributed directly to an interglacial period. This follows the Anglian glaciation, and is likely to be isotope stage 11. The archaeological occurrences probably represent repeated sporadic hominid visits to a south-facing channel bank, where springs may have served as a focus for various activities.
Lower Palaeolithic - Interglacial - Acheulian - Middle Pleistocene - Europe

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