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Grimes Graves is one of the most fascinating
Neolithic sites in Britain. Despite its name, it is not a grave, or
burial place, but a flint mine.
Neolithic miners first dug flint from the chalk
at Grimes Graves, near Thetford, some 4000 years ago. Named
after the Devil's holes of the pagan god Grim, the miners used the
flint to make all kinds of blades, from scrapers to axes and spear-heads.
The pit featured in this panorama is open to the
public. You can descend a 30ft deep shaft and view 7 radiating galleries.
In the summer you can also witness demonstrations of flint knapping.
The surface of Grimes Graves was once covered
with birch, but this material was removed in the 1970s to leave
a heathland clearing around Thetford Forest.
Brandon, a town close to Grimes Graves on the Suffolk
border, was the centre of the flint-knapping industry for 200 years.
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