Seton-Karr Flints

Contributed by Bury Art Gallery

Heyward Walter Seton-Karr, born in 1859 was an explorer and notable collector of flints. We have seven flints in the museum collection which were discovered by Mr H.W. Seton-Karr in Somaliland in 1898. Flints of this kind had previously been found in Europe and Asia but never in Africa. According to Seton-Karr the flints found in Somaliland supplied the 'missing link', alluding to the idea that the course of human civilisation proceeded westward from its early home in the East. His discovery aided in bridging over the interval between Palaeolithic man in Britain and in India. It added another link to the chain of evidence by which the original cradle of the human family might eventually be identified, and tended to prove the unity of race between the inhabitants of Asia, Africa, and Europe in Palaeolithic times.

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