The White Cliffs of Dover


Images of Cliff & Shore 


This richly illustrated book, by Peter & Julie BURVILLE, shows how the famous cliffs have changed over the centuries as a result of both natural forces and human activity. Formed during the Upper Cretaceous Period, the cliffs have provided a source of flint and chalk first exploited in the Stone Age for both peaceful and war-like purposes. Today, a form of silicone related to flint provides raw material for the manufacture of computer-chips whilst chalk has contributed to Information Technology for millennia as a writing material.

This literal zone provided the natural resources needed to support the livelihood of families who followed a range of activities including fishermen, carriers, smugglers and washerwomen. Some of these families, including BURVILLEs, lived in caves carved out of the chalk cliffs - they were troglodytes.

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