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Lateral view of Swanscombe 'skull' from the Middle Gravel, Barnfield Pit, Swanscombe. A possible transitional heidelbergensis-neanderthalensis female assigned to the late Hoxnian (OIS 11), associated with pointed handaxes and faunal remains indicative of cool climate and open vegetation. Theodoxus serratiliniformis, a member of the so-called 'Rhenish' fauna that suggests a fluvial linkage between the Thames and Rhine systems midway through the Hoxnian stage. A land connection with the continent throughout this interglacial is indicated by an unusual suite of tufa molluscs ('Lyrodiscus' fauna) early in this Interglacial, and the occurrence of Lemming at the end of the interglacial.
Clacton-on-Sea, Essex. Tip of a Lower Palaeolithic yew 'spear' excavated in 1911 from early Hoxnian Thames-Medway deposits on the foreshore, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex. This is the oldest known wooden artefact variously interpreted as a thrusting spear, ice probe or multipurpose tool. Maurice Wilson's reconstruction of a deer hunt at Swanscombe.
Acheulian pointed and twisted ovate handaxes from the upper part of the Swanscombe sequence.


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