Civilised Norfolk

Hand Axe from Masterpieces show at SCVA found at Happisburgh and 700,000 years old

Curator of the fascinating SCVA Masterpieces show, Ian Collins shared his top ten with us at Hot Source in January. Top of the list was this amazing 700,000 year old hand axe, found in Happisburgh, Norfolk.

‚ÄčIan Collins gave a fantastic whistle stop tour of the Masterpieces show at SCVA. The show is a great testament to the creativity of the region and hails back as far as 700,000 years ago with this beautiful hand axe found at Happisburgh. It is set next to a gorgeous small sculpture by Henry Moore, also made out of a piece of stone found on the same beach. We holiday at Happisburgh and often think as we pick stones off the beach of the artists Moore, Nicholson and Hepworth who holidayed and worked there too. Sadly the cliffs are crumbling into the sea there but an unexpected benefit is that some 800,000 year old footprints have recently been found on the beach. They are the earliest known evidence of human footprints outside of Africa, (see BBC for more information.) Incredible to think of that the footsteps we leave in the sand are no different really to the civilisation that left theirs 800,00 years earlier!

Incredible to think of that the footsteps we leave in the sand are no different really to the civilisation that left theirs 800,00 years earlier!

Nania Tait