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Title: Neanderthal occupation of the Channel Plain : paleoenvironments, technology and landscape in the Early Middle Palaeolithic
Author: Griffiths, Samuel Peter
ISNI:       0000 0004 7234 2499
Awarding Body: University of Southampton
Current Institution: University of Southampton
Date of Award: 2018
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The Channel Plain Region, now largely submerged by high sea-level, incorporates the UK Crown dependencies of the Channel Islands, Northern France (specifically Brittany and Normandy), and southern Britain. La Cotte de St Brelade sits within this landscape, and is pivotal in understanding the Early Middle Palaeolithic Neanderthal occupations of the area. This research presents a series of new palaeogeographic models, new analysis of the lithic assemblages of the lower, Saalian deposits at La Cotte, and chronostratigraphic and technological relationship(s) across the region. This includes sites such as Piégu, Menez-Dregan, Grainfollet and Les Gastines. Overall, this provides an up-to-date synthesis of Neanderthal behaviour between c. 220 – 160 kya within North Western Europe. Specifically, continuities and changes in behaviour over the period in question are highlighted, including changes in lithic acquisition practices related to climate and landscape changes. Finally, this research adds to the recent re-analysis of the upper “bone heap” assemblages (Pope et al. 2012; Scott et al. 2014; Smith 2015; Shaw et al. 2016), within the later Saalian (>160 kya), and the upper Weichselian deposits (Wragg Sykes 2011; Bates et al. 2013; Scott et al. 2014; Shaw et al. 2016), at La Cotte de St. Brelade.
Supervisor: Mcnabb, John ; Sturt, Fraser ; Davies, Simon Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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