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Research project: Archaeological potential of secondary contexts - Dormant - Dormant

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This project will assess the interpretive potential of the secondary context archaeological resource, which yields the majority of extant data for the British Lower and Middle Palaeolithic.

For the purposes of this project, secondary contexts are defined as fluvial aggregate deposits situated on river terrace and river floodplain landforms. These deposits incorporate gravels, sands, silts and clays. These fluvial aggregate deposits in secondary contexts are hereafter referred to as secondary contexts.

An assessment of the archaeological potential of secondary contexts is especially timely in light of the current academic focus on models of colonisation, occupation and landscapes in the British Lower and Middle Palaeolithic. Such models require testing against regional data sets that incorporate macro-scales in time and space. The secondary context archaeological resource is the only data set that meets these criteria. However, the specific structure of the secondary context archaeological resource in time and space is currently unknown and must therefore be explicitly assessed.

Related research groups

Centre for the Archaeology of Human Origins
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