Department of Anthropology


On the track of Neanderthals in Jersey: The Ice Age Island Project

Thursday 22 November 19:00 until 20:45
Fulton Building Lecture Room B
Speaker: Dr Matt Pope FSA, MCIfA (Principal Research Associate in Palaeolithic Archaeology at UCL)
Part of the series: University of Sussex Archaeological Society


On the track of Neanderthals in Jersey: The Ice Age Island Project 

Over the past decade a multidisciplinary team from the UK have focused, filed and archived research on the Channel Island of Jersey. Situated just 13 miles form the French coast this landmass provides an important record of Neanderthal activity within the formerly submerged landscapes of the English Channel region. This record also includes the single site, La Cotte de St Brelade with its internationally significant record of Neanderthal occupation spanning in excess of 200,000 years. In this lecture we consider how the record of Jersey unlocks the wider region of the English Channel and how its palaeolandscape, which we have named La Manche, provided both opportunities and challenges to Neanderthal and early modern human groups occupying it.

Dr Matt Pope is Principal Research Associate in Palaeolithic Archaeology and Senior Geoarchaeologist at the UCL Institute of Archaeology.

Entrance charges. US students: free; US staff and Members of the USAS and SAS archaeological societies: £2; others: £4. To be followed by a wine reception.

N.B. this lecture had to be postponed in March 2018 due to the UCU strike and security issues.


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