Sites of finds on Stoke Newington Common.
From ' Lower Palaeolithic Archaeology', by John Wymer, 1969.
Stone Age People in Stoke Newington
The map shows where flint axe-heads, scrapers, a quartzite hammer stone and fabricators for making flint tools, were found. Some of the implements, from the bottom layers of gravel, are deeply stained by ochre from the gravel. They have been 'rolled' by water, like pebbles, so their cutting edges are rounded. These are implements of the Oldest class'. Above them, about 12 feet (3 'h meters) from the modern surface, tools are less 'rolled' and stained. These are of 'medium age'. Above again, on the Palaeolithic 'floor', in the Brickearth, are implements with sharp cutting edges. Some pieces found within a few yards of each other, fit together. This suggests that these flints were struck on the site. Nobody would have carried pieces of a broken flint tool from one place to another and then discarded them neatly, near to each other. Secondly, the fact that the broken flints have been found so close together, proves that the water which covered them, and deposited sand on them, was slow moving. It would have been the marginal, slow flooding water from the main channel of the Thames.
Also, some pointed sticks were found in Bayston Road, shaped for use. From all this evidence, we can see that people were living on the banks of the Hackney Brook 200 000 years ago.
Revised: December 23, 2008 3:44 PM