In the Summer of 2001 bones and teeth of hippopotamus were found in a sand and gravel pit near Norton Subcourse in Norfolk. these remains, buried in peaty sediments laid down by a slow flowing river, date back to early in the Pleistocene - the period popularly known as the "Ice Age". The dig at Norton Subcourse in September/October 2004 provided an opportunity to uncover further remains of this long-extinct hippo. It also allows us to understand the landscape, climate, plants and animals of southern Britain during an "Ice Age" warm interval some time between 500 - 700, 000 years ago.  

The excavation was funded by English Nature and the Aggregrates Levy Sustainability Fund. The Natural Environment Research Council, Quaternary Research Association and Royal Society have also funded this work.