Arts & cultural | Family friendly | Outdoor
La Cotte de St. Brelade and Neanderthal Landscapes
The dramatic granite headland of La Cotte, which is owned by the Société Jersiais, is a key site for the understanding of human origins. It has produced over 200,000 stone artefacts and large quantities of large mammal remains. Dr Matt Pope and a team are working with Jersey Heritage to protect the site. Join Matt on a tour of discovery!
- Seasonal opening
- Free entry
- Free for children
The dramatic granite headland of La Cotte de St Brelade is a key site for the understanding of human origins. A series of ravines preserve a deep sequence of Ice Age sediment which, over the past 150 years has produced over 200,000 stone artefacts and large quantities of large mammal remains as well as a key long-term record of climate and environmental change in the region. Recently a team lead by Dr Matt Pope have returned to the site, working with Jersey Heritage to protect the site from further erosion and to continue research excavation at the site. Join Matt on this tour to learn about this work and the recent revelation that a human fossil from the site may represent a population with shared Neanderthal and Homo sapiens ancestry...
We are open:
- Family friendly
This walk will take you out across the sand and stones. You need to be totally mobile and have good footwear.
- Accessible parking or drop-off point
- Accessible toilets
La Cotte de St Brelade and Neanderthal Landscapes
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The Société Jersiaise was founded in 1873 for the study of Jersey archaeology, history, natural history and the ancient language of Jèrriais. We have special events and the Lord Coutanche Library supports the work of the Société Jersiaise by collecting and preserving material relating to Jersey's history.