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A new view from La Cotte de St. Brelade, Jersey

Scott, B; Bates, M; Bates, R; Conneller, C; Pope, MI; Shaw, A; Smith, G; (2014) A new view from La Cotte de St. Brelade, Jersey. Antiquity: a quarterly review of archaeology , 88 (339) pp. 13-29. Green open access


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Did Neanderthal hunters drive mammoth herds over cliffs in mass kills? Excavations at La Cotte de St Brelade in the 1960s and 1970s uncovered heaps of mammoth bones, interpreted as evidence of intentional hunting drives. New study of this Middle Palaeolithic coastal site, however, indicates a very different landscape to the featureless coastal plain that was previously envisaged. Reconsideration of the bone heaps themselves further undermines the ‘mass kill’ hypothesis, suggesting that these were simply the final accumulations of bone at the site, undisturbed and preserved in situ when the return to a cold climate blanketed them in wind-blown loess.

Type: Article
Title: A new view from La Cotte de St. Brelade, Jersey
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://antiquity.ac.uk/ant/088/ant0880013.htm
Language: English
Additional information: Made available with kind permission of Antiquity © 2013
Keywords: Channel Islands, Jersey, Middle Palaeolithic, Neanderthal, mass kill, mammoth hunting, bathymetric survey
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1413462
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