Where is the Famous Piltdown Man Excavation Site, East Sussex, England?

Piltdown Excavation - Smith Woodward (centre) and Dawson (right) digging at Piltdown site circa 1912
Piltdown Excavation - Smith Woodward (centre) and Dawson (right) digging at Piltdown site circa 1912

The web is full of commentaries about Piltdown Man and its exposure as a fraud. But where is the original locality? The exact location – the spot on the map – is well known to specialists. If you’re looking to find it, details here. The locality is not open to the public. It is located on private land.

The location is “Barkham Lane, Uckfield, TN22 3XE, East Sussex”.


 

The geology of the locality is described in:
Edmunds, FH. 1955. “9. The Geology of the Piltdown Neighbourhood,” Bulletin of the British Museum (Natural History). Geology 2(6):273-275.

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