Newsletter of the Association for the Study of Language In Prehistory

Issue 25 · Summer 1995

A Very Old Englishman Unearthed . . .

Remains of one of the oldest inhabitants of the British Isles were recently found in an excavation at Boxgrove (spelling not secure) in southern England. As displayed on American television recently (June), a hand-axe wielding hominid standing perhaps six feet tall and quite robust had inhabited that part of England around 500,000 years ago. George Wainwright of University College, London, led a team of what looked to be scores of young archeologists in the endeavour. Boxgrove man was said, by the program, to be ancestral to Neanderthal. That analysis was based on a piece of his lower leg, perhaps most of a calf bone. We regret that nothing else was said on the squib and there are no published (written) accounts that we know of to confirm the brief report.

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