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Southampton project nominated for 'Rescue Dig of the Year'

Published: 6 December 2013

The archaeology department's Ebbsfleet Elephant project, led by Francis Wenban-Smith, has been nominated in a strong field for "Rescue Dig of the Year" in the annual Archaeology Awards by Current Archaeology, the UK's best-selling archaeology magazine.

Francis has worked with Oxford Archaeology and the High Speed 1 archaeological team over the last decade to bring to fruition the largest Palaeolithic rescue project ever carried out. Following discovery and excavation in 2004 and many years of detailed analysis, the recently published monograph The Ebbsfleet Elephant: Excavations at Southfleet Road, Swanscombe brings this 400,000-year-old elephant butchery ground vividly to life once more. Cast your votes online at

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