Palæolithic Man in North-East Ireland


THE series of Late Glacial and post-Glacial deposits reported upon by Dr. R. Lloyd Praeger from the Lagan estuary at Belfast1 has been described as the most complete stratigraphical record of the post-Glacial sequence in the British Isles. The basal reassorted boulder clay was here overlain by grey sand with cold fauna, an early peat yielding Cervus megaceros, and superimposed estuarine clays, the lower of which has been elsewhere shown to have preceded the deposition of the well-known 25 ft. raised beach. We have recently found in such lower estuarine clay, in the neighbourhood of Larne, a derived but well-developed Magdalenian industry in flint. This industry will also be described by Mr. Burchell in his presidential address to the Prehistoric Society of East Anglia for 1931.

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    Praeger, "On the Estuarine Clays at the new Alexandra Dock, Belfast": Proc. Belfast Nat. Field Club, series 2, vol. 2, Appendix for 1886–87, pp. 29–52, 1887.

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BURCHELL, J., WHELAN, C. Palæolithic Man in North-East Ireland. Nature 126, 352 (1930).

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