Boxgrove: A Middle Pleistocene Site

Boxgrove is a Middle Pleistocene site in West Sussex, England. Since the early 1980’s a number of localities within the gravel pits at Boxgrove have provided detailed insights into the life and palaeoecology of the earliest colonisers of Northern Europe.

At one locality, designated Q1/B, a series of fresh water deposits preserved the remains of butchered animal bones alongside large quantities of flint tools and waste flakes. This site, which is currently under analysis, appears to have been an area regularly exploited by hominids. A wide range of herbivores including rhinoceros, horse and red deer were attracted to the water hole, making it an excellent location for intercepting game. Many of the animal bones exhibit cut marks from the flint tools used to butcher the carcasses.

Explore this site for more information on the unique archaeology at Boxgrove.

For any questions regarding this site please contact m.pope@ucl.ac.uk

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