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THE OLD STONE AGE 25 little that can be usefully added to the words of Professor Stuart Piggott: * Similes can b e r o u g h l y suggested w h i c h perhaps i m p l y the time-scale, on the lines that if the Siege of T r o y took place yesterday, the b e g i n n i n g of the Palaeolithic w o u l d have b e e n more than six m o n t h s ago, b u t b e y o n d these approximations it is difficult to do m o r e than to state the figures w h i c h h a v e been given, on the basis of astronomical calculation of the solar radiation c u r v e in the past, as a chronological framework for the Palaeolithic, and leave the reader to find his o w n w a y of grasping their m a g n i t u d e if he c a n .
In theory, surface flints can have been dropped by anyone at any time, and though the law of probabil ities justifies the distribution map, a specimen found on the open fields cannot compare in value with an implement from a hoard or a stratified deposit. Nevertheless, when a surface scatter of flint imple ments and flakes of similar character, patina and technique is found within a limited area, it is not 46 TUMULI AND SURFACE FINDS unreasonable to assume, prima facie, a settlement and the need for further investigation.
II of The Proceedings of the Pre historic Society of East Anglia, pp. 437-58. T h e so-called 'mace-heads' or oval stones with central borings have been thought to originate in this period, although their use may have continued into much later times. A broken example with an 1 2 Hinton and Kennard, Proc. Geological Association, vol. xix, pp. 95-6. T h i s site is often confused with Little Kimble or Great Kimble, near Princes Risborough. 1 2 3 34 THE OLD STONE AGE 'hour-glass' shaped perforation (Fig.
British Infantryman in South Africa, 1877-81 : the Anglo-Zulu and transvaal wars by Ian Castle