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Saturday 19th February 2022 – BAS Lecture: Surviving in Lower Palaeolithic Europe

Surviving in Lower Palaeolithic Europe: four seasonal perspectives

by Dr Robert Hosfield FSA, Associate Professor in Palaeolithic Archaeology, University of Reading

How did the earliest European hunter-gatherers survive? In this talk I’ll explore four challenges to, and requirements of, survival in the European Lower Palaeolithic (between roughly 1.6 and 0.3 million years ago) from a seasonal perspective, focusing on reproduction (spring), knowledge transmission (summer), stockpiling (autumn), and cultural insulation (winter).

Rob is a Professor in Palaeolithic Archaeology at Reading University, where he’s worked since 2004. He’s conducted fieldwork on British Lower Palaeolithic sites (and occasionally further afield), and written about Lower Palaeolithic settlement histories, technology, and survival strategies.

My new book is out: The Earliest Europeans – A Year in the Life: Seasonal survival strategies in the Lower Palaeolithic (available open access at:

Where copyright permits you can find post-print copies of my other publications at: (University Webpage) (Department Facebook) (Personal Webpage)

Palaeolithic (early prehistory) resources for schools:

A couple of recent blog posts:

This meeting will be on Zoom at the usual time of 2pm for 2:30. Details will be emailed to members before the event.

Cover image: This is a reconstruction illustration from my recent 2020 book (it’s a female Homo heidelbergensis, with infant). The artist’s is Mark Gridley

Wednesday 2nd February 2022 – BAS Study Group

The focus of this meeting is the 2022 work programme which should interest everybody who enjoys fieldwork or post-excavation work. The agenda is: 


This meeting will be conducted on Zoom starting at 3pm. Regular participants will receive an email with login details. Anyone else wishing to join should contact Andrew Hutt on andrew_hutt(at)

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BAJ085 published

Berkshire Archaeological Journal volume 85 has been published. It will shortly be distributed to all members and subscribers.

Others can purchase a copy by emailing journal(at)

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This is a special issue as it marks a collaboration with Cotswold Archchaeology. All articles are reports from excavations that they have conducted in and around Berkshire in the last 3 years.

Front cover


Foreword by Richard Massey

An Early Roman Site at Beech Hill Road, Spencers Wood, Berkshire by Richard Massey and Grace Perpetua Jones, with Adam Howard

Roman, medieval and post-medieval settlement at Cutbush Lane, Shinfield, Berkshire by Richard Massey and Joe Whelan

An Early Roman enclosed settlement at Kentwood Farm, Wokingham by Richard Massey and Joe Whelan

Iron Age and medieval features at Keephatch, Beech Lane, Wokingham by Jacek Gruszczynski and Matt Nichol.

Roman and medieval occupation at Shoppenhanger Manor, Maidenhead by Ray Kennedy and Richard Massey.