13 January 2021

Archaeology online: the Neanderthal archaeology of La Cotte de St Brelade and the La Manche region

La Cotte de St Brelade, in the Channel Island of Jersey, is one of the most important Neanderthal sites in North-West Europe. It lies within a mostly submerged region encompassing the English Channel and surrounding coastal areas of France and England, known as La Manche palaeolandscape.

Discoveries of stone tools were first made from the site in 1881. Since then more stone tools and animal bones have been uncovered. Deposits date from around 250,000 years ago to younger than 47,000 years ago, making this one of the best sites for understanding Neanderthal behaviour and changes in climate and environment.

Excavations by a multi-disciplinary team have been ongoing since 2010. In 2019, the Ice Age Island Team, led by Dr Matt Pope and Dr Beccy Scott, were able to access part of La Cotte for the first time in 40 years.

In this lecture, the record of Neanderthal behaviour from La Cotte is considered against that of the wider region. It raises questions about population continuity or replacement with changes in climates, sea level and environments.

Speaker: Dr Matt Pope leads Palaeolithic research at the UCL Institute of Archaeology. Through research projects on the archaeology of Boxgrove and La Cotte de St Brelade, as well as helping to lead practise in Palaeolithic rescue archaeology, he has focussed on early human landscape use, occupation histories and interpretative frameworks for record in North West Europe.

Archaeology Online

This talk is part of Archaeology Online, a series of monthly evening lectures brought to you by Bristol Museums, Bath and Counties Archaeological Society, Bristol and Avon Archaeological Society and Bristol & Gloucestershire Archaeological Society.

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Due to COVID-19, this lecture will take place over Zoom.

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