Last edited 10 Jul 2020

Pleistocene

Deposit Modelling and Archaeology, Guidance for Mapping Buried Deposits, published by Historic England on 31 January 2020, suggests that ‘Pleistocene’ refers to: ‘The oldest part of the Quaternary period, preceding the Holocene and extending back to around 2.6 million years ago. It is characterised by major alternating warm and cold stages defined respectively as interglacials and glacials.’

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