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Two weeks of sun (some rain), digging and learning ‘Trowel Jitsu’

Hi, we are Stacey and Eloise – second year archaeology and anthropology students at UCL – and we are coming to the end of our time in Jersey. We will be sad to leave; the people, the weather, and of course the archaeology have made this a really great experience! During our time here we […]

Archaeology and Perspective at La Cotte de St Brelade

Good Afternoon, my name is Leon Veal, I am currently an archaeology undergraduate at UCL (University College London) and I have been fortunate enough to be handed the opportunity to contribute to the Ice Age Island Project here in sunny (and occasionally very wet) Jersey. As an archaeology student I have had to assess a […]

Capturing La Chevre

La Cotte a la Chevre is a small cave on Jersey’s north coast. The history of the site was covered in this post and on-line poster by our research assistant Josie Mills. This year we revisited the cave for two reasons: firstly we chose it as a site to film at with BBC’s Coast programme, […]

Extra-curricular activities

Although the main focus of our excavation is the Magdalenian site at Les Varines, some of the team remain immersed in a Neanderthal world. As we work through the 94,000 artefacts excavated from La Cotte de St.Brelade, the different stone materials used by Neanderthals occupying the site are strikingly different, and often treated in different […]

First few days!

Welcome to our new dig home! This year you will still find our excavation base at Les Varines but in the field above previous years, and noticeably bigger!     We have put in a large stepped trench that is going to contain four test pits, with the aim of continuing our investigation of the […]

Ice Age Island 2014 Go!

This week will see a team of 25 UK academics, scientists and students begin to assemble on Jersey for the 2014 season of Ice Age Island.  This year we have a programme of five weeks of fieldwork aimed at understanding more about Jersey’s deep prehistory and telling the story of it’s ice age past through […]

Gearing Up: Ice Age Island 2014 Is About to Go Live.