PADMAC Logo: Unit for the study of Palaeolithic Artefacts andassociated Deposits Mapped as Clay-with-flints 



The PADMAC Unit undertakes the study of:

The PADMAC Unit is a multi-disciplinary geo-archaeological Unit specializing in geology; sedimentology; pedology; Palaeolithic artefact technology; landscape archaeology, spatial analysis and geophysics.

The Unit offers students and researchers an opportunity to investigate geo-archaeological processes implicated in the retention, over geological time, of high-level in situ Palaeolithic sites on Karstic landforms, particularly the Chalk Downlands of southern England, and the genesis, variability and distribution of the associated (English) deposits mapped as Clay-with-flints. Also investigated by the PADMAC Unit are Palaeolithic sites found in similar high-level contexts both in Continental Europe and the Middle East. In many instances, these high-level sites represent the earliest evidence of human occupation - in Britain from around 700,000 to 40,000 years ago and in the Middle East considerably earlier.

The Team, under the direction of Dr Julie Scott-Jackson, have recently developed a Palaeolithic Research Agenda for Qatar as well as carrying out fieldwork.

Dr Julie Scott-Jackson spoke at the ADACH Conference - Archaeology of the UAE. see Conference website for abstract.

Click here for the ADACH 2011 presentation on the importance of Palaeolithic surface sites

Click here to view the European Archaeological Association Presentation September 2011.

Click the following link to view our Publications.