Swanscombe (/ˈswɒnzkəm/) is a town in the Borough of Dartford in Kent, England and the civil parish of Swanscombe and Greenhithe. It is located 4.4 miles west of Gravesend and 4.8 miles east of Dartford.
Bone fragments and tools, representing the earliest humans known to have lived in England, have been found from 1935 onwards at the Barnfield Pit about 2 km (1 mile) outside the village. This site is now the Swanscombe Heritage Park. Swanscombe Man (now thought to be female) was a late Homo erectus or an early Archaic Homo sapiens. According to the Natural History Museum, however, the remains are those of a 400,000-year-old early Neanderthal woman.
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