Beyond the caves: the palaeolithic rivers of South-West Britain

Hosfield, R.T., Brown, A.G., Bassell, L.S. and Hounsell, S. (2006) Beyond the caves: the palaeolithic rivers of South-West Britain. Geoscience in South-West England, 11, (3), 183-190.


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This paper introduces a new English Heritage (Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund) project The Palaeolithic Rivers of South-West
Britain (project no. 3847), and summarises the results of a first phase resource assessment. The goal of this ongoing project is
to develop a new synthesis of the Lower and Middle Palaeolithic occupation of the south-west region, focusing upon river
terrace-based archaeology and its implications for hominin landscape use. The resource assessment has reached two preliminary
conclusions. Firstly that the region’s earliest Palaeolithic archaeological record is significantly richer than previously believed, and
secondly that although find locations have been added in several areas which previously had very few or no finds (e.g.West
Cornwall) the overall bias of finds to the south coast is maintained. The project has also revealed that the river terrace resource
of South-West England offers potential for geochronological dating, landscape reconstruction, and improved contextualisation of
the archaeological material. Some outreach components of the project are also summarised.

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Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GB Physical geography
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Geography > Environmental Processes and Change
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Date Deposited: 31 Jul 2008
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