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Rethinking Human Responses to Sea-level Rise: The Mesolithic Occupation of the Channel Islands

Conneller, C; Bates, M; Bates, R; Schadla Hall, T; Blinkhorn, E; Cole, J; Pope, M; ... Underhill, D; + view all (2016) Rethinking Human Responses to Sea-level Rise: The Mesolithic Occupation of the Channel Islands. Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society , 82 pp. 27-71. 10.1017/ppr.2016.1. Green open access

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Abstract

This work provides new insights into human responses to and perceptions of sea-level rise at a time when the landscapes of north-west Europe were radically changing. These issues are investigated through a case study focused on the Channel Islands. We report on the excavation of two sites, Canal du Squez in Jersey and Lihou (GU582) in Guernsey, and the study of museum collections across the Channel Islands. We argue that people were drawn to this area as a result of the dynamic environmental processes occurring and the opportunities these created. The evidence suggests that the area was a particular focus during the Middle Mesolithic, when Guernsey and Alderney were already islands and while Jersey was a peninsula of northern France. Insularisation does not appear to have created a barrier to occupation during either the Middle or Final Mesolithic, indicating the appearance of lifeways increasingly focused on maritime voyaging and marine resources from the second half of the 9th millennium BC onwards

Type: Article
Title: Rethinking Human Responses to Sea-level Rise: The Mesolithic Occupation of the Channel Islands
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1017/ppr.2016.1
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/ppr.2016.1
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Mesolithic, Channel Islands, Sea Level Rise, Climate Change, Jersey, Postglacial
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > Institute of Archaeology
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > Institute of Archaeology > Institute of Archaeology ASE
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > Institute of Archaeology > Institute of Archaeology Gordon Square
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1476141
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