Nick Ashton

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Nick Ashton has been a curator at the British Museum for over 30 years, specialising in Lower and Middle Palaeolithic archaeology. He has directed and published major excavation projects in Britain and is currently Co-Director of the Pathways to Ancient Britain Project. His work focuses on the earliest occupation of northern Europe, the early human adaptation to northern environments and the investigation of when Britain first became an island.

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As with many great discoveries they were found by chance. We had been working at Happisburgh for over a decade, but visited in May 2013 to continue geophysics on the beach. It was my colleague, Dr Martin Bates, who first spotted them. Lying on ancient estuary muds, he had found…