Ancient human occupation of Britain

The Ancient Human Occupation of Britain (AHOB) project is a large-scale collaboration between palaeontologists, other earth scientists, and archaeologists to investigate ancient humans and their adaptations during the European Palaeolithic and Mesolithic.

The project began in 2001 and is now in its 3rd phase, AHOB3. It is funded by the Leverhulme Trust.

Dispersals of early humans: adaptations, frontiers and new territories

AHOB3 began in October 2009. It has 4 main research themes:

  1. The record of human dispersal
    What is the chronology of human dispersals over the last million years and where were the frontiers of human occupation at different times?
  2. Natural factors controlling human dispersal
    How did the nature of occupation change through time, and what were the factors controlling dispersal into marginal environments: climate, resource availability, and changing geography?
  3. Population dynamics
    Was occupation continuous or episodic, and how viable were human populations at the limits of their range?
  4. Human responses
    What survival strategies were deployed in these marginal situations: seasonal migration, technological innovation, or physical adaptation?

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