At home with the Neanderthals: excavations at la Cotte de St Brelade, Jersey
UCL lunch hour lecture on tour at the British Museum. Dr Matt Pope, UCL Institute of Archaeology.
The Neanderthals represent an incredibly successful and distinctive experiment in being human. They evolved as a separate human lineage over half a million years before apparently disappearing around 40,000 years ago.
During this period they occupied large parts of Europe and
Western Asia, developed sophisticated tools, mastered fire and
engaged in the hunting of large mammals across a variety of
La Cotte de St Brelade, on the Channel Island of Jersey, is one of the best sites in the world for understanding Neanderthals and their achievements.
In this lecture Matt Pope will report on new work being carried out on this mega-site and will consider the evolution and ultimate fate of our closest evolutionary relative.
This event took place on 7 June 2012.
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