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Caveman campsite discovered at construction site in London, England

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Cheryl Santa Maria
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Friday, June 6, 2014, 4:10 PM - Archaeologists monitoring a construction site on the south side of the Thames river in London, England have unearthed Paleolithic tools, campfire remains, animals bones and a possible fish trap, it was reported last week.

The oldest object found was a flint, possibly a byproduct of a bigger tool, LiveScience reports.

Experts believe the flint was likely created between 100,000 and 12,000 years ago. They're hopeful they can narrow down the time frame with further analysis.

The flint may have been in place long before the campsite existed, possibly migrating there via a river channel.

Carbon dating revealed the rest of the area is up to 11,750 years old.


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"We think that [the fires] are potentially marking a spot that people were coming back to seasonally," Kasia Olchowska, a senior archaeologist at the Museum of London Archaeology, Olchowska told Live Science.

The ancient fish trap that was discovered consists of two rows of wooden stakes measures 12 metres in length.

Other discoveries include a 12,000 year-old plunging blade and a 7,000 year-old timber structure.

Archaeologists say the discovery will help paint a clearer picture of what life was like in prehistoric London.

Olchowska told Live Science that this type of discovery is "extremely rare" in London.

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