30 Jan

Ancient bone discoveries show that the very first Britons lived in East Anglia over 700,000 years ago.

Stone tools and animal bones found in the east of Briton suggest humans may have been present in Britain much earlier than previously thought.

Research at two coastal sites, one at Happisburgh, Norfolk, showed that humans could have settled in the country 700,000 years ago.

Experts previously thought the earliest humans arrived 500,000 years ago.
The animal bones show markings that could only have been made by human chopping activity.

Professor Chris Stringer, head of human origins at the Natural History Museum, said: “The evidence is being examined by a lot of people and it’s building into an exciting picture.”

Further analysis at Westbury-sub-Mendip in Somerset, where animal bones and teeth were discovered in the 1980s, now shows evidence of human activity 600,000 years ago.

The discoveries form part of the Ancient Human Occupation of Britain project that combines specialists from universities and museums and the work of amateurs in local areas.

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