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9 July 2005
Prehistoric river samples dated

Weeks of excavation work in Pan, on the Isle Of Wight, came to an end and now tests to date samples are being carried out in America and Australia. The samples have come from gravel deposits identified as four terraces of the River Medina dating to between 40,000 and 200,000 years ago. The samples are now to be analysed and radiocarbon dated.
     A spokesman for Isle of Wight Council said: "(The samples) provide rare and valuable insights into the period when early humans first colonized this area. Samples of organic material buried deeply within the gravels may represent the island's former land surface in the Ice Age and will be radiocarbon dated."

Source: BBC News (4 July 2005)

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