Map and plan of excavations at Coygan Cave. Left: cave layout at the time of Hicks's excavation in 1866. The four chambers are marked A, B, C, and D. A, B, and C later were revealed to be entrances that were blocked in the late Devensian. Right: cave layout at the time of McBurney's and Clegg's excavations in 1963/1964. Much of the upper levels of fill had been removed by this time and parts of the surrounding rock had been removed by quarrying. Excavation trenches are numbered.


Ancient Human Occupation of Britain

Ancient Britain and its European Context

Dispersals of Early Humans: Adaptations, frontiers and new territories

Successor Projects

Pathways to Ancient Britain

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Cromer Project
Cromer Forest-Bed Fossil Project


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The Ancient Human Occupation of Britain (AHOB) was a three-phase project to investigate ancient humans from the Palaeolithic and Mesolithic in northern Europe that ran from 2001 through 2011 with funding from the Leverhulme Trust. This website contains information about the project and provides access to data generated AHOB research.


AHOB Database

THE AHOB database contains information about selected key Pleistocene sites in Britain that document early hominin occupation of northwestern Europe. These data were assembled by researchers working with the project between 2001 and 2015 and are made available here for research, teaching, and other uses.

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AHOB Publications

Here is a random selection from the bibliography of papers published by the AHOB research team.

White, M., Scott, B. and Ashton, N. 2006. The Early Middle Palaeolithic in Britain: archaeology, settlement history and human behaviour. Journal of Quaternary Science, 21: 525-541. [Electronic copy of this text]

For a complete list of AHOB publications, click here.

AHOB-related Books


AHOB Time Chart
2003 Workshop
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2009 Workshop
2010 Workshop
2011 Conference
2013 Workshop

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