viernes, 21 de noviembre de 2014

Archaeologists race against time to explore Neanderthal site in Kent


Baker's Hole, in Kent, is an important and rare window on Paleolithic Britain.
Courtesy University of Southampton

University of Southampton archaeologists are working to save important Palaeolithic remains at a rare Neanderthal site, before they are lost to the forces of nature.

The Baker’s Hole site, at Ebbsfleet in Kent, is Britain’s foremost location for evidence dating back to the time when Britain was being colonised by early Neanderthals, some 250,000 years ago.

But researchers are now facing a race against time to excavate and examine the surviving remains, as erosion, animal burrows and plant roots threaten to damage the site.

The dig is being supported by English Heritage, Natural England and Lafarge Tarmac, who own the land where Baker’s Hole is located - an old chalk quarry next to Ebbsfleet International railway station.

In the latest phase of work, the University of Southampton’s Dr Francis Wenban-Smith has been working to identify where important deposits still survive and to find out what these can still tell us about the period. [...] southampton.ac.uk  /  Link 2