The Palaeolithic Rivers of Southwest Britain

Tony Brown, Robert Hosfield, Laura Basell, Phil Toms, S. Hounsell, R. Young, 2008

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The Palaeolithic Rivers of Southwest Britain project synthesises the archaeological evidence for the Lower and Middle Palaeolithic occupation of south-west Britain (c. 500,000 - 40,000 BP), with a principal focus upon the archaeological and geological potential of the region's Middle Pleistocene fluvial environments. South-west Britain was defined as the region west of the headwaters of the Rivers Frome and Piddle and south-west of the River Avon.

The digital archive

The digital archive currently consists of the following resources:

  • Hosfield R.T., Brown, A.G., Basell, L.S., Hounsell, S. and Young, R. 2007. The Palaeolithic Rivers of South-West Britain: Final Report (Phases I & II). English Heritage Project Report (Project No. 3847). English Heritage Archive Report: London.
  • Project Booklet: The Palaeolithic Rivers of South-West Britain.
  • Project Flyer: The Palaeolithic Rivers of South-West Britain Project
  • Project Poster: The Palaeolithic of the South-West.
  • School Teaching Resources: Palaeolithic Stone Tools; Hominin Species; Palaeolithic Chronology; Pleistocene Climate, Flora & Fauna; Pleistocene Landscapes; Palaeolithic Lifestyles & Behaviour.
Artefact Images

Selected artefact images are included, with the kind permissions of the respective museums (see the individual image captions for full details). Individual images can be cross-referenced to the Artefacts database. The artefacts included here are currently held by the following museums:

Project databases

The project's archaeological databases, documenting the south-west region's Lower and Middle Palaeolithic findspots (after the Southern Rivers Palaeolithic Project: Wessex Archaeology 1993*) and artefacts are included.

Non-digital Archive and Publications

In addition to the final report and other documents and images contained within the digital archive the Palaeolithic Rivers of Southwest Britain project also produced the following outputs:

Journal Articles / Publications
Hosfield, R.T., Brown, A.G., Basell, L.S. and Hounsell, S. 2006. Beyond the caves: The Palaeolithic Rivers of South-West Britain. Geoscience in South-West England 11(3): 183-190.
Hosfield, R.T., Brown, A.G., Basell, L. and Hounsell, S. 2005: The Palaeolithic Rivers of South-West Britain. PAST: the Newsletter of the Prehistoric Society 51: 12-14.
Lectures / Seminars
The Ussher Society's Geoscience in the South West Conference (January 2006)
The English Heritage (ALSF) Current Work on the Palaeolithic and Pleistocene Seminar (Peterborough, 22nd March 2006)
Devon Archaeological Society's Archaeology in Devon Day Conference (Exeter, 24th June 2006)
Archaeology Department, University of Cambridge (2006)
The Geoarchaeology Conference (Exeter University, September 2006)
The European Association of Archaeologists (EAA) Annual Conference (Krakow, Poland, September 2006)
The CBA (South-West) Symposium Global Cooling. The Ice Ages in SW Britain (Cheddar Gorge, 4th November 2006)
Bristol Naturalists Society (Geology Section) Lecture Series (Bristol, January 2007)
Educational Visits
School Activity Day, Doniford Cliff/Beach, Watchet, Somerset (May 2006). Ages 7-9 and 10-11
Regional Palaeolithic Networks Meeting (Exeter University, 16th June 2005)
Regional Palaeolithic Geoarchaeology Workshop (Exeter University, 13th July 2006)
Guided Tours
Palaeolithic Geoarchaeology Walk (Brampford Speke, Exe Valley, May 2006)
Palaeolithic Geoarchaeology Walk (Ottery St. Mary, Otter Valley, May 2006)
Meetings / Other
Lithic Artefact Identification Days at Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro (July 2006); Exeter University (July 2006); and Plymouth City Museum & Art Gallery (February 2007).
Travelling 3 Panel Poster Exhibition (The British Palaeolithic). Distributed by Cornwall and Devon Library Services.
Museum Exhibition (Ice Age Devon). Royal Albert Memorial Mueum and Art Gallery.

The Archaeology Data Service (ADS) do not hold any further information regarding these non-digital outputs, any queries should be directed to the depositor.


Wessex Archaeology. 1993. The Southern Rivers Palaeolithic Project Report No. 2. 1992-1993. The South West and South of the Thames. Wessex Archaeology & English Heritage, Salisbury.

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