Friday, 14 November 2014

Flints from Piltdown, Sussex

These flints were found in a gravel pit at Piltdown in Sussex by Charles Dawson (1864-1916), a local solicitor and amateur archaeologist. The gravel pit was the same one in which the now infamous Piltdown Man was discovered. It is widely believed that Dawson was responsible for this audacious fraud.

Large flint from gravel bed, Piltdown, Sussex
BGS image ID: P903735

Glazed flints from Piltdown gravel, Sussex
BGS image ID: P903736

Large flint from Piltdown gravel, Sussex
BGS Image ID: P903738

BGS has a Piltdown Forgery webpage and timeline which can be accessed here

Andrew L Morrison

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