Ice Age Island - Jersey Heritage

The dramatic landscape of Jersey, its coastline and inland landscape of valleys and fields, has been shaped by long time processes of climate change. The island has an exceptional geological record for the Ice Age documenting over a quarter of a million years of successive changes in the planet’s climate, rising and falling sea levels as well as evidence for the humans and animals which were able to survive in northern Europe during this time. 

 Ice Age Island is a three year project to explore Jersey’s deep prehistoric past, from exploration of the island caves, through the archaeological excavation of hunter gather camps preserved in the island’s interior, we aim to discover why this remarkable landmass attracted Neanderthal and modern humans during the deep past.  This project is sponsored by Capco Trust and supported by the Tourism Development Fund.

Live Dig -›

The Ice Age Island Pop-Up Museum will be on location throughout July and early August. Visitors to Les Varines will be able to see a team of academics and students in action at the dig, handle real Ice Age objects, witness any discoveries as they are uncovered and learn more about the Island’s Ice Age past through informative displays about the Ice Age Island team's work. 

Live dig powered by solar energy -›

Thanks to Jersey Electricity, cutting edge technology will play a vital role discovering more about Jersey’s Ice Age past this summer, with a solar powered generator being used at the Les Varines dig site  FInd out about renewable energy here.

Introduction to the Ice Age -›

The climate during the last 2 million years of earths history in europe is characterised by changes from warm conditions to cold glacial conditions

From the Archive -›

The story of r-organising historical collections of 94,000 stone tools excavated from La Cotte de St. Brelade in the late twentieth century. 

Meet the Team -›

The team bring with them a established research record in Palaeolithic and Mesolithic archaeology.  Meet them here.

Walking Guides -›

We've developed three walking guides to get you closer to the Ice Age, watch the films and download the guide here.

Press Releases -›

Take a look at some of the past press releases here. For the latest news visit the blog or #iceageisland on Twitter.