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Neanderthal occupation of the Channel Plain: Paleoenvironments, technology and landscape in the Early Middle Palaeolithic

Neanderthal occupation of the Channel Plain: Paleoenvironments, technology and landscape in the Early Middle Palaeolithic
Neanderthal occupation of the Channel Plain: Paleoenvironments, technology and landscape in the Early Middle Palaeolithic
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.
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Griffiths, Samuel Peter
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Griffiths, Samuel Peter
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Mcnabb, mac
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Sturt, Fraser
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Davies, William
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Griffiths, Samuel Peter (2018) Neanderthal occupation of the Channel Plain: Paleoenvironments, technology and landscape in the Early Middle Palaeolithic. University of Southampton, Doctoral Thesis, 324pp.

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Abstract

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.

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Published date: May 2018

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Local EPrints ID: 422140
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/422140
PURE UUID: d96f0d2e-3d95-4009-a25d-84d20307d917
ORCID for mac Mcnabb: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-1841-4864
ORCID for Fraser Sturt: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-3010-990X
ORCID for William Davies: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-1830-5403

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Date deposited: 17 Jul 2018 16:31
Last modified: 23 Jul 2022 01:55

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Author: Samuel Peter Griffiths
Thesis advisor: mac Mcnabb ORCID iD
Thesis advisor: Fraser Sturt ORCID iD
Thesis advisor: William Davies ORCID iD

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