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Grid Reference: TR174606
The Pleistocene gravels of Sturry, which belong to the 3rd Terrace of the Kentish Stour, (Thames Terrace Sequence) have yielded numerous 'Middle Acheulian' hand axes. They provide an important comparison with the Early Acheulian industry from the nearby, and higher, Fordwich gravel. The interpretation of these two industries is critical for the development of Palaeolithic and Pleistocene Terrace chronologies in the Thames basin.
Further work will be required before the true relationship between the Sturry gravels and the Thames Terrace sequence can be established, and the remaining deposits and exposures at Sturry are therefore of considerable geological significance.
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