1. ITV Report

Jersey archaeology project nominated for industry award

Ice Age Island project Credit: ITV Channel TV

Jersey's Ice Age Island project has been nominated in the 'Research Project of the Year' category in the Archaeology Awards 2018.

The project began in 2009 as a survey of the island's prehistory and experts have found thousands of artefacts during the past eight-years of excavating.

The excavations have mainly focused on an area at Les Varines, in St Saviour, where evidence of Ice Age activity was first spotted.

The Ice Age Island project is one of six nominees put forward for the 'Research Project of the Year'.

What we have uncovered through this research is a remarkable record of activity from some of Europe’s last-known Neanderthal hunters to the arrival of the first early modern humans, as well as echoes of an Ice Age landscape shaped by a quarter of a million years of climate change.

Much of what we have recovered so far is rarely found in northern France or Britain. Jersey has emerged as a rich repository of Ice Age data that is re-imagining life on this rocky outcrop, and continental Europe, from at least 250,000 years ago.

– Olga Finch, Jersey Heritage
  • The winners of the award will be announced on 23rd February 2018.