Researchers refute idea that Neanderthals drove mammoths over cliff in Jersey
For half a century, archaeologists have been puzzling over a mass of woolly rhino and mammoth bones found at the base of a cliff on the island of Jersey in the English Channel—most have assumed they were the result of a mass execution by Neanderthals driving them over the cliff. Now a new team of British researchers has found evidence to suggest the bones were carried there instead. In their paper published in the journal Antiquity, the researchers claim their investigation shows that it would have been nearly impossible for Neanderthals to drive them to the cliff, much less get them to run off of it.
Today, Jersey is a British Crown dependency—an island off the coast of Normandy. But 200,000 years ago, ocean levels were lower—so low that parts of the site, now known as LaCotte de St Brelade were above the water line. Read more.
Jersey site that was last Neanderthal home is studied
An ice age site said to be one of the last known places Neanderthals lived is being studied to assess storm damage.
La Cotte in St Brelade, Jersey, was hit by south-westerly storms including winds of up to 100mph in February.
A British archaeological team commissioned by the Societe Jersiaise will examine the storm damage.
Dr Matt Pope, from the Institute of Archaeology, UCL, said it needed to consider the best solution for long-term preservation.
La Cotte has been investigated since the late 19th Century and has produced a number of finds including hundreds of thousands of Neanderthal tools, piles of butchered mammoth bones and fossilised human remains. Read more.