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Neanderthals from Eastbourne to Etretat

22 November 2017

Heritage Eastbourne’s Town Hall Talks return on 6 December with “Neanderthals from Eastbourne to Etretat”, led by special guest Dr Matt Pope. The final talk of the series delves into the fascinating past of our extinct prehistoric ancestors, the Neanderthals, and the now submerged areas of the English Channel which were once considered their heartland.



Dr Matt Pope is an archaeologist specialising in the evolution of early human behaviour. Based at the UCL Institute of Archaeology he has helped lead excavations at Boxgrove and La Cotte de St Brelade, Jersey as well as scores of other sites in the UK and Channel Islands.

After Matt’s excavation in La Cotte de St Brelade and the discovery of Neanderthal flint artefacts, evidence suggests that La Cotte was once one of the most important Neanderthal sites in Northern Europe and one of which was repeatedly occupied by Neanderthals between 240,000 and 40,000 years ago. With fascinating discoveries such as this on his side, Matt will be able to offer an intriguing look at the now submerged landscapes that once proved to be a centre of importance for Neanderthals.

This exclusive talk is a great opportunity for those with a strong interest in heritage to pick the brains of an expert and learn more about Matt’s current research interests which include the evolution of the human home, the use of now submerged Ice Age landscapes by Neanderthals and how early humans interacted with their own material traces.

“Neanderthals from Eastbourne to Etretat” starts at 7.30pm on Wednesday 6 December at Eastbourne Town Hall. Tickets cost £10 and include a glass of wine on arrival. Please visit to buy tickets.

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