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Prehistoric Society of East Anglia

Nature volume 131, pages 465466 (01 April 1933) | Download Citation

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THE contents of the recent issue of the Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society of East Anglia (vol. 7, pt. 1) are of exceptional interest. At the head is the presidential address in which Mr. J. Reid Moir surveys the evidence for the culture of Pliocene man which has been collected in the last twenty-five years. This, is followed by a description by Mr. J. P. T. Burchell of hand-axes from the north of Ireland, upon which Mr. Reid Moir reports that a certain number are undoubtedly of high antiquity, ranging from eolithic to Clactonian I. Lieut. K. R. W. Todd enumerates stone age sites, mostly palaeolithic, from which he has obtained a considerable number of implements, in the neighbourhood of Bombay; and Prof. A. Barnes discusses the mode of prehension of some forms of upper palaeolithic implements. The important work of exploration at Grimes' Graves has been continued and Mr. Leslie Armstrong reports on the examination of five pits, one still unfinished, since the date of the last report in 1926. Two communications deal with different aspects of related problems. Of these, one by Mr. Stuart Piggott and Prof. Gordon Childe describes and discusses the affinities of neolithic pottery from Larne, now in the Ashmolean Museum. The authors conclude that in decoration this pottery is a reflex of the current round the north of the British Isles that is supposed to have brought the passage-grave idea to Denmark, while in form it is the most distinctively Iberian in the whole Windmill industry. In the second communication, Mr. J. G. D. Clark examines the distribution of the curved flint sickle blade in Britain, and deriving it from the Nordic culture area, thinks it is to be associated with the Peterborough pottery folk, while it is probable that the Windmill Hill people used a composite sickle. In addition to other communications, there are some useful notes and references.

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