From Happisburgh to Hoxne: unpacking the ebb and flow of the British Lower Palaeolithic (Dr Rob Davies, British Museum)

1:00pm - 2:00pm / Thursday 20th February 2020
Type: Seminar / Category: Department
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The British lower Palaeolithic record can be seen as a series of long hiatuses punctuated by relatively short episodes of human occupation during periods of warmer climate. Each phase of occupation witnessed the arrival in Britain of new groups of humans derived from one or more source areas in Europe. It is likely that each group brought with it a set of traditions that manifested in the manufacture, use and discard of material culture. With improved chronologies, we are now able to isolate some of these different phases of occupation and identify chronological patterning in the Lower Palaeolithic record that reflects these different human groups. To understand the British record we must look to the sources of these populations in continental Europe, whilst at the same time we can use our understanding of the British record to help untangle the myriad variation of the broader European record.