In 1908 this circular was sent out to over 100 people in East Anglia inviting them to join an “East Anglian Society of Prehistorians”. The Hon Secretaries pro tem (W.A. Dutt and W.G. Clarke) had had the idea three years earlier, while flint-hunting in Thetford, but had decided to wait until they felt there was sufficient enthusiasm to sustain a Society.
Their timing was right. After the inaugural meeting, at the Norfolk and Norwich Library on 26 October 1908, over seventy members signed up, paying a subscription of 1/6.
East Anglia was the ideal place for the Society to begin. The region is rich in flint, which occurs in bands in chalk, and was used by early humans for tool-making. The people who joined the Society, like Dutt and Clarke, were driven…
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