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La Cotte de St Brelade
Jersey

 

 

Site Number 277 (This is an AHOB Key Site)
Nearest Town: St. Brelade
National Grid Reference:
Lat: 49.175 Lon: -2.188

La Cotte de St.Brelade is a deep, t-shaped fissure system through the cliffs on the south-east coast of Jersey, infilled with a variety of deposits. The site began accumulating sediments at least 220 000 years ago, and reflects alternating climatic conditions, with sedimentation continuing until after 48 000 years ago. The site was used semi-continuously by Neanderthal groups exploiting the landscapes of the channel river plain throughout this period, only being abandoned when conditions were at their coldest in MIS 6. The Neanderthal occupation of La Cotte can be subdivided into two main phases: the “Saalian layers”, preserved only within the North Ravine of the fissure system (Layers H – 6.1: MIS 7-6) and the “Weichselian layers” (Layers 7.1-11). The “Saalian layers” are emplaced on top of a raised beach and were predominantly excavated by Professor Charles McBurney in the 1960-70s; these layers were truncated by a further marine highstand, correlated with MIS 5e. The latter were ... [read more]


Horizons recorded at La Cotte de St Brelade

Unit Name Epoch Biozone MIS
Level 11 (11.1-11.3) (Horz Num: 662) Late Pleistocene Undefined ?
Level 10 (Horz Num: 664) Late Pleistocene Undefined ?
Levels IX, VI and VII (Horz Num: 665) Late Pleistocene Undefined 3
Level 9.3 (Horz Num: 666) Late Pleistocene Undefined ?
Level 9.2 (Horz Num: 667) Late Pleistocene Undefined ?
Level 9.1 (Horz Num: 668) Late Pleistocene Undefined ?
Level 8.3 (Horz Num: 669) Late Pleistocene Undefined ?
Level 8.2 (Horz Num: 670) Late Pleistocene Undefined ?
Level 8.1 (Horz Num: 671) Late Pleistocene Undefined 5d/c-5b/a
Level 7 (7.1-7.2) (Horz Num: 672) Late Pleistocene Undefined ?
Level 6.2 (Horz Num: 674) Late Pleistocene Undefined ?
Level 6.1 (Horz Num: 675) Late Pleistocene Undefined 6
Level 5 (Horz Num: 676) Middle Pleistocene Undefined 6
Level 4 (Horz Num: 677) Middle Pleistocene Undefined 6
Level 3 (Horz Num: 678) Middle Pleistocene Undefined 7/6
Level A (Horz Num: 679) Middle Pleistocene Undefined 7
Level B (Horz Num: 680) Middle Pleistocene Undefined 7
Level C (Horz Num: 681) Middle Pleistocene Undefined 7
Level D (Horz Num: 682) Middle Pleistocene Undefined 7
Level E (Horz Num: 683) Middle Pleistocene Undefined 7
Level F (Horz Num: 684) Middle Pleistocene Undefined 7
Level G (Horz Num: 685) Middle Pleistocene Undefined 7
Level H (Horz Num: 686) Middle Pleistocene Undefined 7

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