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Grimes Graves N070076

GRIMES GRAVES, Norfolk. Neolithic flint mine. An aerial view of pock-marked landscape

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Media ID 471909

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Archaeology Earthwork Landscape Neolithic Pre Historic


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This aerial view captures the mysterious and ancient landscape of Grimes Graves, a Neolithic flint mine located in Norfolk. The photograph showcases the unique pock-marked terrain that bears witness to centuries of human activity and reveals an intriguing glimpse into our prehistoric past. Grimes Graves is an archaeological marvel, dating back over 5,000 years to the Neolithic period. This remarkable site holds immense historical significance as one of the largest and best-preserved flint mines from this era. The image offers a bird's-eye perspective, allowing us to appreciate the vastness and complexity of these earthworks. The intricate network of pits visible in this photo represents the extensive mining operations carried out by our ancestors. These early humans skillfully excavated deep shafts using antler picks, creating a labyrinthine underworld beneath their feet. It is awe-inspiring to think about how they navigated through these dark tunnels with only primitive tools at their disposal. Grimes Graves provides invaluable insights into Neolithic society and its reliance on flint for toolmaking and trade. As we gaze upon this mesmerizing print, we are transported back in time, imagining bustling communities working tirelessly underground while shaping their world above ground. Thanks to Historic England Photo Library's dedication to preserving such historic moments visually, we can now admire this extraordinary snapshot forever etched in time – a testament to human ingenuity and resilience throughout millennia.

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