Neanderthal people adapted to a wide range of different environments during the 400,000 years of their evolutionary trajectory. While their origins and apparent disappearance come into to clearer focus with every passing year we are still left with the paradox of how to approach them in terms of difference and similarity to ‘us’, without really understanding what we mean by ‘us’. In the talk, I’ll explore some of the archaeological evidence from northern Europe and, in particular, from the site of La Cotte de St Brelade. From the edge of their range we get a perspective both on the capabilities and adaptive behaviours of Neanderthal people, but also on what we should expect from their archaeological record.
Daryll Forde Seminar Room, Anthropology Building, 14 Taviton St, off Gordon Sq., London WC1H 0BW. Tube: Euston Square