Two superb talks scheduled by USAS

USAS Lecture Series – Autumn 2018

All talks start at 7.00pm (just turn up)

Venue: Fulton Building Lecture Theatre B, University of Sussex,

 Falmer, Brighton, BN1 9RH

 US students: free; US staff and USAS members: £3; Non-Members: £4.


Thursday 18 October 2018

Boxgrove Revisited: myth or substance?

Speaker: Mark Roberts (UCL)

With the recent publication of the first volume in the next series of Boxgrove monographs, it is an apposite time for reflection upon the past, present and future of what is widely regarded as one of the most important and iconic Palaeolithic sites ever excavated. This lecture will cover the history of the discovery of this Sussex site, the excavations and post-excavation, as well as the many characters involved in the story.  It will examine the successes and failures of the project as a whole and, leaving no stone unturned, examine what might have been undertaken differently, where the success of the project lay, and its lessons for Archaeology in general and the Palaeolithic in particular.

Thursday 22 November 2018

The Sally Christian Lecture for 2018:

 On the track of Neanderthals in Jersey: The Ice Age Island Project

Speaker: Dr Matt Pope (UCL)

Over the past decade a multidisciplinary team from the UK have focused filed and archive research on the Channel Island of Jersey. Situated just 13 miles from the French coast this landmass provides an important record of Neanderthal activity within the formerly submerged landscapes of the English Channel region. This record also includes the single site, La Cotte de St Brelade with its internationally significant record of Neanderthal occupation spanning in excess of 200,000 years. In this lecture we consider how the record of Jersey unlocks the wider region of the English Channel and how its palaeo-landscape, which we have named La Manche, provided both opportunities and challenges to Neanderthal and early modern human groups occupying it.

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