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Barnfield Pit, Swanscombe


Details of Opening Ceremony - Wednesday 29th June

Time: 11am (speeches at 11.15, opening ceremony 11.45)

Location: Swanscombe Heritage Park, Craylands Lane, Swanscombe

Details: Phil Harding from Wessex Archaeology – part of Channel 4's Time Team - will cut a ribbon to celebrate the park's new entry feature. This is a sculpture based on a 400,000-year-old hand axe discovered in the park. The ceremony will celebrate many hours of work by the local community, businesses and public sector in restoring one of the most important archaeological sites in northern Europe. It also marks the 70th anniversary of the discovery of human skull fragments there.

Local schoolchildren will enjoy an organised treasure hunt in the park and will take part in the opening ceremony. Guests will be offered an optional guided tour of the site at 12 noon to see the project work which has been carried out by Groundwork Kent Thameside and Swanscombe Action Group. A short display of the ancient art of flint-knapping will also be given at 12 noon.

Speeches will be given by Swanscombe Action Group Chairman, Cllr Bryan Read, Patrick Conrad from Groundwork Kent Thameside, KCC Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport Richard King and Professor Chris Stringer from the Natural History Museum. The project has been supported by a number of partners with part funding from the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister. KCC is the accountable body.
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
25th June 2005ce

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