The Palaeolithic Rivers of South-West Britain project hosted a Regional Palaeolithic Geoarchaeology workshop at the University of Exeter on Thursday 13th July 2006. Attendees included representatives from the aggregates industry, English Heritage staff, academics (including other ALSF-project staff), local government archaeologists, minerals planning officers, and local archaeological and historical society members.
The morning consisted of presentations of the project fieldwork, including preliminary OSL results from the river terraces of the Otter and Exe, and an update on the National Ice Age Network's initiative regarding a national framework for reporting Pleistocene remains found in quarries. Presentation abstracts can be downloaded here. During the afternoon delegates divided into three breakout sessions to review the GIS model under development by project staff for the regional HERs; to discuss the relationships between Palaeolithic archaeologists/Quaternary scientists and the the aggregates industry; and to review the
proposed post-project outreach activities and resources. Summaries of the workshop discussions can be downloaded here. A copy of the full workshop programme can be found here.
A new exhibition (Devon in the Ice Ages) was developed in collaboration with the National Ice Age Network and the Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter. This exhibition presented background information about the Palaeolithic, complementing the museum's existing displays of Palaeolithic and Mesolithic artefacts, together with a range of artefacts and animal remains on loan from Torquay Museum. The exhibition ran until the 26th August 2006. Since 1st September 2006 a smaller version of the exhibition has been circulated around libraries in both Devon and Cornwall.
Further materials have also been been prepared, including a popular project booklet, summary flyer, poster, teaching resource boxes, and short project summaries for publication in county journals and newsletters. Further details on these materials and resources can be found here.
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