The fastest crumbling coastline of our island shores is giving up it’s secrets. We have all heard of The Jurassic Coast in Dorset but the finds that are being unearthed along The Deep History Coast of Norfolk are surpassing everything. The soft cliffs between Runton and Happisburgh, taking in Cromer, Overstrand and Mundesley are revealing that Norfolk was once connected to the continent with forests, woolly mammoths, sabre toothed tigers and spotted hyenas roaming the area. Rare fossils of the above have all been discovered. Including the famous almost complete skeleton of a Steppe Mammoth found in West Runton in 1990.
The gradual coastal erosion and significant tidal activity over the past decade have revealed the era to be of a more historical significance than the sites in the south.
Very exciting plans for the future to allow visitors a more hands on and interactive experience, so we can see that landscape as it once was through touch points, and virtual reality technology is ongoing
The project is being led by curators at Norfolk Museums Service (NMS) with the help of regional tourism experts and county council staff responsible for Norfolk trails,
One of the most incredible discoveries were the fossilised footprints of the earliest know human beings, 850,000 years ago! These were uncovered by a particularly high tide causing international excitement. Nothing this early had ever been discovered outside of Africa. Flint tools dating back 550,000 years ago have also been found in the cliffs.
What an incredible place to visit and discover for yourself.
So wouldn’t you like to follow in the footsteps of the earliest tourists to Norfolk and discover this wonderful coastline for yourself?
A new reason to visit Norfolk…