[Letters to Editor]


I HAVE examined a large series of the remarkable specimens collected by Mr. Burchell in Sligo, Ireland, and, at his request, I add a few lines to the preliminary note on his discovery. In the first place, I have no doubt that these specimens were flaked by man, and, secondly, that their forms are such as were made in Lower Palæolithic, Early Mousterian, times. Though I have not yet visited the sites where Mr. Burchell has worked in Ireland, and am thus not able to testify, from personal observation, as to the soundness of the geological evidence upon which he relies, yet I believe, after a study of his carefully recorded details of the provenance of the specimens he has found, and an examination of one of three artefacts discovered by him embedded, at a depth of 39 feet, in Boulder Clay at Ballyconnell, that this evidence is satisfactory. Many of the Sligo implements are of impressive size and appearance, and I hope it may be possible, in view of the manifest importance of Mr. Burchell's discovery, to publish accurate wash-drawings of these, of the natural size.

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MOIR, J. [Letters to Editor]. Nature 120, 261 (1927). https://doi.org/10.1038/120261a0

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