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

University of Sussex Archaeological Society in association with the Sussex Archaeological Society

Thursday 15 March 20187-8.30pm

Fulton Building Lecture Theatre A, University of Sussex, Falmer

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

Lecture by Dr Matt Pope FSA, MCIfA

Over the past decade a multidisciplinary team from the UK have focused filed and archive 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.

All are welcome: entrance charges: US students: free; US staff and Members of the USAS and SAS archaeological societies: £2; others: £3.