The Holleyman Lecture 2016

The Holleyman Lecture 2016: 

Recent work on the Mesolithic of the coast and wetland edge in Southern Britain

Thursday 21st 2016

Professor Martin Bell*

For many years the Mesolithic has been a rather neglected aspect of British archaeology dominated by flint scatters and overshadowed by far more impressive and intensively investigated sites in continental Europe, especially Denmark. Recently the British Mesolithic has begun to fight back! Discoveries in the intertidal zone of  the Severn Estuary  include settlement sites and the footprints of Mesolithic people, animals and birds.  Recently completed projects have also looked at the Mesolithic of the wetland edge in the Somerset Levels and the Kennet valley, Berkshire, and these too provide evidence of well preserved wetland edge sites with evidence for the environmental context in which activity took place. The lecture will include some ideas about contexts in Sussex where similar potential is likely to exist both in the intertidal coastal zone and in other wetlands.

Date: Thursday 21 April 2016

Time: 7:00PM – 9:00pm

Venue: Fulton Lecture Theatre, University of Sussex, Falmer, BN1 9RH

Cost: £10,  £8 for Friends of the Sussex School of Archaeology. A  post-lecture wine reception is included in the ticket price.

*Martin Bell is Professor of Archaeological Science at Reading University. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and the British Academy. He has been excavating Mesolithic sites in the Severn Estuary for 24 years.  As a schoolboy and student he excavated sites in Sussex at Bishopstone, Newhaven and  also a series of environmental investigations of dry valleys.

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