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is worthy of imitation


Cow Meadow Gravel Pit showing dip of beds on each side of clay ridge.
(detail, levels adjusted to 176 1.00 255, bringing out the mysterious reversed figures 82)
illustrating Beeby Thompson. “The Cow Meadow Gravel Pit.” Journal of the Northamptonshire Natural History Society and Field Club, vol. 12 no. 98 (June 1904) : 207-212
University of Illinois copy, no date of digitization

“Mr. George was walking across the Meadow one day with a friend, and telling him how he had shown the workmen at the gravel pit what to look for, and offered them 10/- for the first worked flint they found, but so far, in vain, when Mr. George’s daughter, Cecile, seized, apparently, with the sudden brilliant idea of easily acquiring wealth, rushed off on to a spoil heap, saying, ‘I’ll find one, Father.’ She picked up one of the first stones she came across, said ‘here it is!’ and the thing was done, for sure enough the flint was a good, undoubted example of a palaeolithic implement. Where it actually came from is uncertain; it might have been and probably was from the surface soil only. This beautifully simple method of finding such things is worthy of imitation.”
p 211

1 June 2014

Cecile George; finding things
Beeby Thompson, “The Cow Meadow Gravel Pit.” (1904)