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Prehistory of the British Isles: A tale of coming and going

De Groote, I, Stringer, C and Lewis, M (2017) Prehistory of the British Isles: A tale of coming and going. Bulletins et mémoires de la Société d’anthropologie de Paris. ISSN 0037-8984

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It is now recognised that Britain has not always been geographically isolated from Europe and, for most of the last one million years, formed an extension of the northwest European landmass. During most of this time, Britain was accessible to migrating humans and animals, although climatic conditions varied greatly from Mediterranean-like through to glaciations and extreme cold, making Britain a difficult place to settle for any length of time. The oldest evidence for humans in Britain dates to between about 850,000 and 1 million years ago. Recovered lithic artefacts suggest that hominin species occupied and deserted the British Isles at least nine times. This article reviews the prehistory of the British Isles and presents the main sites and time periods.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: The final publication is available at link.springer.com via http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s13219
Subjects: C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CB History of civilization
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
Divisions: Natural Sciences & Psychology (closed 31 Aug 19)
Publisher: Springer
Date Deposited: 21 Sep 2017 11:24
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2021 11:12
DOI or ID number: 10.1007/s13219
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/7144
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