Earliest handaxe in Britain

For the classroom

The Happisburgh handaxe


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© Norwich Castle

Stone chopping tool from Olduvai Gorge


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Happisburgh reconstruction


Reconstruction painting of Happisburgh about 850,000 years ago.

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© John Sibbick and AHOB

Features to observe in the reconstruction

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Footprints on the beach at Happisburgh


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© Simon Parfitt

Close up of footprint


3-D image of a footprint from the beach at Happisburgh.

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© Sarah M. Duffy

Plants and animals at Happisburgh

Source: britishmuseum.org

Images of animal and plant remains found at Happisburgh, including fossilized hyena droppings.

Visit the site http://www.britishmuseum.org/research/research_projects/all_current_projects/featured_project_happisburgh/fossils_from_happisburgh.aspx


Source: nhm.ac.uk

Video on the footprints found at Happisburgh.

Visit the site http://www.nhm.ac.uk/nature-online/life/human-origins/humans-in-britain/discovering-earliest-pioneers/index.html

Prehistoric animals

Source: nhm.ac.uk

Slideshow on the animals in Britain 700,000 years ago.

Visit the site http://www.nhm.ac.uk/nature-online/life/human-origins/humans-in-britain/what-was-britain-like/changing-fauna/index.html

Britain's changing landscape over the last million years

Source: nhm.ac.uk

Visit the site http://www.nhm.ac.uk/nature-online/life/human-origins/humans-in-britain/what-was-britain-like/changing-landscape/index.html

Resources for the Walking with Cavemen series

Source: bbc.co.uk

Visit the site http://www.bbc.co.uk/sn/prehistoric_life/tv_radio/wwcavemen/

Interactive game on early humans

Source: bbc.co.uk

Visit the site http://www.bbc.co.uk/sn/prehistoric_life/games/cavemen/

Resource on the Evolution of Man

Source: bbc.co.uk

Visit the site http://www.bbc.co.uk/sn/prehistoric_life/human/human_evolution/index.shtml

Coastal Erosion

Source: bbc.co.uk

Clip on the coastal erosion at Happisburgh and its effects on people living in the modern village.

Visit the site http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningzone/clips/living-with-coastal-erosion-in-happisburgh-east-anglia/7361.html

Outside the classroom

Here is a selection of museums with relevant collections.

The Natural History Museum, London

Source: nhm.ac.uk

Visit the site http://www.nhm.ac.uk

Oxford University Museum of Natural History

Source: oum.ox.ac.uk

Visit the site http://www.oum.ox.ac.uk/

Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford

Source: prm.ox.ac.uk

Visit the site http://www.prm.ox.ac.uk

British Museum

Source: britishmuseum.org

Visit the site http://www.britishmuseum.org

Earliest handaxe in Britain