Neanderthal Archaeology of Jersey : Dr Matt Pope : 13 January 2021, 7.30pm

Dr. Matt Pope, University College London, will be giving a free Zoom lecture on the Neanderthal Archaeology of the La Cotte de St Brelade and the La Manche regions of Jersey for BACAS in partnership with two other societies, Bristol and Avon (BAAS) and Bristol and Gloucestershire (BGAS), and Bristol Museum. The talk will start at 7.30pm on Wednesday 13 January 2021. Tickets are FREE.

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Neanderthal Archaeology of the La Cotte de St Brelade and the La Manche regions of Jersey

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

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 practice 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 new series of monthly digital talks brought to you by BACAS, Bristol Museums, Bristol and Avon Archaeological Society and Bristol & Gloucestershire Archaeological Society. Places are limited to 300, but members of BACAS and the other societies get a few days to register before the general public, so book soon to avoid disappointment.