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Research project: CTRL Southfleet Road project - Dormant - Dormant

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Archaeological excavations in advance of the Channel Tunnel Rail Link have revealed an undisturbed Lower Palaeolithic Clactonian palaeo-landsurface 400,000 years old in the Ebbsfleet Valley, near Swanscombe, Kent.

The skeleton of a single elephant has been preserved in the muddy sediment near what was then the edge of a small lake, and is surrounded by flint tools, lying undisturbed where they were originally discarded. The remains of other animals are also present, including buffalo, rhino, deer and horse. The sedimentary sequence also includes pollen, molluscan and abundant small vertebrate remains.

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Centre for Archaeology of Human Origins Contracting
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