15. Pigmy Flint Implements from the Sand-Beds at Scunthorpe in Lincolnshire

R. A. Gatty
1902 Man  
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more » ... tp://www.jstor.org This content downloaded from on Fri, 16 Jan 2015 11:43:42 AM All use subject to JSTOR Terms and Conditions 1902.] MAN. [No. 15. England: Prehistoric. Gatty. Pigmy Flint Implements from the Sand-beds at Scunthorpe in Lincolnshire. Abstract of a Paper by the Rev. R. A. Gatty, LL.B., W presented to the An.thropological Institute, November 26th, 1901 (cf. MAN, 1902. 12). The object of this paper is merely to give a general account of a collection of flint implements of very small size, and of the site at Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire, on which these flints are found iu great abundance, and to state certain inferences as to their origin which seem to be justified by the circumstances of their discovery, and by the close likeness which they presenit to the pigmy flints which are found in France, Belgium, and in India. The neighbourhood of Scunthorpe is for the most part level, but a ridge of hills rises abruptly from the plain, and extends for thirty miles to Lincoln. The pigmy flints are found both on the hills aud on the plain-on isolated sites, of wlhich no less thall seven are known. The whole district seems to have been covered with sand ; in some places to a depth of 20 feet. This depo *t mnay be of glacial detritus origirnally, but iu its present stratified form must be due to the action of wind, as nothing marine is found in it, and in many places the sand, when exposed, continues to drift, and occasionally even blocks the road. The drifted sand fo rms mounds, Qecasionally as much as ten feet high, but usually much less, and it is on the floor of these mounds that the pigmy flints are found, in wind-blown depressions of irregular and shifting shape, which measure from This content downloaded from on Fri, 16 Jan 2015 11:43:42 AM All use subject to JSTOR Terms and Conditions
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