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Research project: Axe Valley project - Dormant - Dormant

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Excavations were begun at the Broom locality in September 2000. The research was funded during 2000 (and partially in 2001) through a Small Research Grant from the British Academy, whose support is gratefully acknowledged. Project funding for 2001 (and for the 2002 season) has also been provided by Archaeology at the University of Southampton.

The research aims are fourfold:

  1. Investigate the influence of chert raw material upon artefact morphology and artefact assemblage composition within the British Lower Palaeolithic. Particular attention is being paid to core working technologies and and flake and flint tool production.
  2. Evaluate the claims for primary context archaeology in the top of the lower gravels within the Middle Pleistocene sequences at Broom.
  3. Examine the current claims for the age of the Broom sequence.
  4. Investigate the apparent absence of Levallois material in the Acheulean hand-axe industry recovered from the Broom gravels.

Related research groups

Centre for the Archaeology of Human Origins
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