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Essex Field Club
Essex Field Club
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We are normally open to the public at our centre at Wat Tyler Country Park every Saturday, Sunday and bank holiday between 11am and 4pm. We are also usually open on Wednesdays between 10am and 4pm.

Spring recording Record your Robin Record Common Frog Rana temporaria
Record Alexanders Smyrnium olusatrum Record Tawny Mining Bee Andrena fulva
Record Dark-edged Bee Fly Bombylius major
Record Spring Flower Bee Anthophora plumipes
Record cuckoo bee Melecta albifrons

Geology Site Account


Quendon Church Sand Pit (site of), QUENDON , Uttlesford District, TL517307, Historical site only

 
 
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Site name: Quendon Church Sand Pit (site of)

Grid reference: TL 517 307 (estimated grid reference given by Wymer)

Brief description of site:

Skilfully made hand axes of flint are usually the only evidence we have that an area was occupied over 10,000 years ago, i.e. in the period archaeologists refer to as the Palaeolithic. Most of these hand axes are isolated finds, usually made in the nineteenth century when sand and gravel pits were numerous and worked by hand.

An example of this is a superbly-made, 20 centimetre (8 inch) long pointed hand axe that is on display in Saffron Walden Museum. The label states that it was found in sand 4 metres below the surface in a pit east of Quendon church. The sand may be of glacial origin or may be a terrace deposit of the River cam.

The grid reference above is that given by Wymer (1985), however there is a wooded area immediately east of the church that may once have been a pit and a possible source of the implement.

 

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Reference: Evans 1897, Wymer 1985 (p. 189).

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