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Research project: Broom excavations - Dormant - Dormant

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Excavations began at the Broom locality in September 2000.

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.

The Broom project is currently running as a three-year research exercise. During the 2000 season excavation and topographic survey focused upon the Railway Ballast Pit. In 2001, fieldwork was split between the Railway Ballast Pit and Pratt's New Pit, including excavation, topographic survey, and sampling for pollen analysis and OSL dating. The fieldwork in 2002 will be focused in Pratt's New Pit.

Related research groups

Centre for the Archaeology of Human Origins
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