Happisburgh Resources

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Resources for Collectors

We are working to create resources to support Palaeolithic artefact collecting on the North Norfolk coast. Resources will include a guide on how to recognise worked flint, how best to document your finds, and a general guide to the Palaeolithic archaeology of the Happisburgh area.

Whilst we are creating our new resources you might like to take a look at some posters that we created for our Being Human event at the Wenn Evans Centre in 2019.

The Happisburgh Footprints

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HSB footprints poster created for Being Human 2019

Reconstruction of Happisburgh Site 3

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HSB Site 3 reconstruction poster created for Being Human2019

Collecting at Happisburgh

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Responsible Fossil Hunting

Fossil collecting is an enjoyable and rewarding experience, but it needs to be done responsibly to maintain Norfolk’s amazing fossil heritage for future generations. Download the free fact sheet from Norfolk Museums Service and learn how to responsibly collect fossils, with tips on how to keep safe and within the law.

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Resources for Schools and Families

We are working to create resources that can be used by schools and families to support learning at Key Stages 1 and 2.

Deep History Art Trail

This autumn we’re encouraging children (and adults) to be inspired by some of the fascinating discoveries from the Deep History Coast and to get creative. Imagine living in a world populated by magnificent mammoths and enormous elks and then turn your ideas into artwork!

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Logo for Deep History Coast
North Norfolk Deep History Coast
The West Runton Mammoth (©David M.Waterhouse)

Once Upon a Time in Happisburgh – Storytelling

A storytelling activity based around the Happisburgh footprints and reconstruction of Happisburgh Site 3. Activity supported with images and background information as well as prompts to guide story creation. You can download this activity as a PDF.

PalNetUK – Palaeolithic Teaching Resources

A list of online teaching resources created by PalNetUK, a networking resource for the Pleistocene and Palaeolithic records of the British Isles. The listed is updated regularly with useful websites, podcasts, videos, digital models etc.

Deep History Coast Colouring Sheets

Download and print Deep History Coast Colouring Sheets and bring back to life the ancient animals that roamed the land from millions of years ago.

Fact sheets from Norfolk Museums Service


Mammoths are amongst the most commonly found vertebrate fossil remains on the Norfolk coast. However, most of the fossils discovered are fragments of bones, tusks and teeth. This Fossils Mammoth fact sheet from Norfolk Museums Service provides information about the three types of mammoth that have been discovered on the Norfolk coast.

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Bibliography and Links

Ashton NM, Lewis SG, De Groote I, Duffy S, Bates M, Bates R, Hoare PG, Lewis M, Parfitt SA, Peglar S, Williams C and Stringer CB (2014). Hominin footprints from Early Pleistocene deposits at Happisburgh, UK. PlosOne.

Ashton NM, Lewis SG, Parfitt SA, Bates M, Bates R, Bynoe R, Dix J, Hoare PG and Stuart F (2018). Understanding and Monitoring the Cromer Forest-bed Formation. Historic England Research Report: Series no. 62-2018.

Lewis, SG, Ashton, N, Field, MH, Hoare, PG, Kamermans, H, Knul, M, Mücher, HJ, Parfitt, SA, Roebroeks, W and Sier, MJ (2019). Human occupation of northern Europe in MIS 13: Happisburgh Site 1 (Norfolk, UK) and its European contextQuaternary Science Reviews, 211, 34–58.

Parfitt SA, Ashton NM, Lewis SG, Abel RL, Coope GR, Field MH, Gale R, Hoare PG, Larkin NR, Lewis MD, Karloukovski V, Maher BA, Peglar SM, Preece RC, Whittaker JE and Stringer CB (2010). Early Pleistocene human occupation at the edge of the boreal zone in northwest Europe. Nature 266: 229-233.