Bristol and Avon Archaeological Society

Archaeology Study Sessions: The Archaeology of Caves

On Monday January 11, 2021
Dr. Paula Gardiner, Honorary Research Fellow, University of Bristol

Caves are unique sites that can hold exceptional prehistoric archaeology.

What dark secrets were being played out by Palaeolithic people in the caves of Cheddar and Derbyshire? Why were Mesolithic people leaving strange objects and inscribing art deep inside their caves? Did cannibalism really take place in Cheddar?

Excavating caves can be challenging and at times difficult to interpret, but many sites offer an extraordinary insight into the lives of people in the past.

Join us for a series of three 90 minute online study sessions on Monday evenings as we explore some of the most fascinating prehistoric cave sites from the South West Britain and beyond with Dr Paula Gardiner.

Numbers are limited to allow participants to ask questions and discuss the topics covered.

Sessions will take place via Zoom on Mondays at 7.30pm (GMT) on:

  • 11 January 2021 – Neanderthals in the South West.
  • 18 January 2021 – Complex Mesolithic Activities
  • 25 January 2021 – Ritual, Symbolism and Art

The online lectures will be recorded and made available for those not able to attend this element. A reading list and further information will also be provided as part of this field school.

Suitable for: All sessions are suitable for complete beginners to those who have studied archaeology before but are keen to find out more. They are open to everyone aged 16 and over.

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