QAEJ 2009-2012

Quaternary Archaeology and Environments of Jersey

The QAEJ project began our fieldwork on Jersey with the start of the fieldwork training school in the summer of 2010. This focused on a survey of the Palaeolithic and Mesolithic archaeology of Jersey including two weeks of test-pitting at the Mesolithic site of Canal du Squez and the Late Upper Palaeolithic, Les Varines. Additionally this work involved section cleaning at La Cotte de St. Brelade beginning the development of future projects. In 2011-2012 the excavation expanded bringing more students from universities across England upping the scale of digging at Les Varines. We were also visited on site by Dr. Alice Roberts filming Digging for Britain and Radio 4’s Tribes of Science bringing our work into the media. 2011 also saw the beginning of the McBurney Archive Reorganisation Project led by Dr. Beccy Scott and Dr. Andy Shaw, where we began to archive and record some of the 90,000 artefacts lifted from CSB in the 1960-70s excavations. QAEJ also saw preliminary excavations in the west ravine at CSB resulting in new OSL dating of sediment.

For more information about QAEJ see Pope et al. 2012.

 References:

Pope, M., Bates, M., Cole, J., Conneller, C., Ruebens, K., Scott, B., Shaw, A., Smith, G., Underhill, D., Wragg Sykes, R. 2012. Quaternary Environments and Archaeology of Jersey: A New Multidisciplinary project looking at the early prehistoric occupation of the English Channel Region. In: K, Reubens., I. Romanowska and R. Bynoe (eds.) Unravelling the Palaeolithic: Ten years of research at the Centre for the Archaeology of Human Origins. Southampton: Archaeopress, 27-38

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