For the past seven years, my partner in the endeavour to rehabilitate James Reid Moir and his work on early man in Britain, Kevin Lynch, (and myself in a supporting role), have presented this man and his body of work, in The Pleistocene Coalition Newsletter in our special section on Classic British Archaeology.
This is free online evidence that JRM was on the right track.
Finding Ipswich Man came early in Moir’s career as the premier archaeologist of Ipswich. The pressure was on to accept the interpretation of the then mainstream, that Ipswich Man was a modern man from after the Anglian Glaciation, buried in a shifting glacial boulder clay hill. Since his bony anatomy is consistent for a modern human, this lends even more credence for a more recent burial. Since Ipswich Man was found on top of what was then called ‘glacial sandy deposits’, with the chalky glacial boulder clay overlying him. This sandy layer was stratified into multiple layers, indicating a tidal or estuarine environment. The sands Ipswich Man lay on were sorted, something glaciers cannot do, so these sands were sorted long before glaciation, likely in the Pliocene, when the climate was decidedly warmer. This makes the possible age for Ipswich Man Pre-glacial as he was buried in those likely Pliocene sands. British climate is documented to have been boreal in East Anglia at 850KYaBP, from the dating of a pine cone found in the Cromer Forest Bed Formation near Happisburgh, (along with humanly-chipped flint tools). (Simon Parfitt, etal, 2013). Modern human footprints were found nearby, by the score, left in the estuarine mud of Happisburgh, exposed by the greatest excavator, the North Sea.
According to the human evolutionary scenario, this is impossible, as no modern humans appeared on Earth until around 40,000 years ago.
As we will show in future publications, Moir had evidence for man going back much farther than the early Pleistocene. Evidence from other archaeologists of Moir’s time backs up his claims for early and earlier man.
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