The Clacton Spear: The Last One Hundred Years

@article{AllingtonJones2015TheCS,
  title={The Clacton Spear: The Last One Hundred Years},
  author={Lu Allington-Jones},
  journal={Archaeological Journal},
  year={2015},
  volume={172},
  pages={273 - 296}
}
In 1911, an eminent amateur prehistorian pulled the broken end of a pointed wooden shaft from Palaeolithic-age sediments at a seaside town in Essex. This artefact, still the earliest worked wood to be discovered in the world, became known as the Clacton spear. Over the past one hundred years it has variously been interpreted as a projectile weapon, a stave, a digging stick, a snow probe, a lance, a game stake and a prod to ward off rival scavengers. These perspectives have followed academic… 
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