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The Ipswich Man

    Naturevolume 149page578 (1942) | Download Citation



    THE skeletal remains known as the Ipswich man, which have been housed at the Royal College of Surgeons, London, since they were discovered in Bolton and Co's brickfield, Ipswich, in 1911, have now, through the instrumentality of Mr. Reid Moir, and the kindness of the president and Council of the College, been presented to the Ipswich Museum. Since 1911 a great deal has been discovered regarding the age of these remains, which were thought originally to be older than the Upper Chalky Boulder Clay-a deposit of one of the major glaciations of East Anglia. It now seems clear that the skeleton is referable to one of the prehistoric floors situated in the slopes of the adjacent valley, and examples of flint implements, etc., found in these floors are exhibited with the human bones in the entrance hall of the Ipswich Museum. Though all the geological and archaeological aspects of this matter are not yet completely understood, it is highly probable that the Ipswich man lived in the earlier part of Upper Palæolithic times, and is of considerable antiquity.

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