Deep Coast History
What is Deep History?
Deep History is a term increasingly used in place of the term pre-history; and has been coined to reflect the idea that the deeper you delve the older things are!
North Norfolk’s Deep History Coast is the 22-mile stretch of coastline between Weybourne and Cart Gap which has revealed the most spectacular finds. Happisburgh is the oldest archaeological site in northern Europe and West Runton yielded the most complete fossilised mammoth skeleton ever found in the UK. The exciting West Runton Mammoth find is the best-preserved elephant of its kind and ongoing excavations have also revealed the bones of rhinos, hyenas, wolves and bears.
Finds along the Deep History Coast have provided the earliest evidence for human occupation so far discovered in northern Europe. They place early humans here in Norfolk some 350,000 years earlier than had been thought, at over 800,000 years ago. They also inform and provide a focus for the emerging story of Doggerland – an area of land, now lying beneath the southern North Sea, which connected Great Britain to mainland Europe during the last Ice Age.
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