On the foreshore of the Thames along the river wall at Purfleet are the remains of an ancient forest dating back 6000 years.
Preserved in a thick layer of peat, chunks of timber including whole trunks of alder and yew trees survive.
Stone tools including flints and polished axe heads were also discovered, suggesting that the east of London was rich hunting grounds during the neolithic period.
These preserved timbers have the same origin as those found on the saltings across the river at Erith.
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