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Durham University

Department of Archaeology

Research Postgraduates

Publication details for Professor Mark White

White, M.J. (2006). Things to do in Doggerland when you're dead: surviving OIS3 at the northwestern-most fringe of Middle Palaeolithic Europe. World Archaeology 38(4): 547-575.

Author(s) from Durham


This paper examines Neanderthal survival skills in Britain. Its starting point is that there are major
tensions between the three main sources of relevant information – archaeological, palaeoanthropological
and palaeoenvironmental data and their subsequent interpretation – that make our
understanding of Neanderthal survival much more precarious than is generally supposed. The paper
is speculative, and proffers questions not answers. It challenges us to look past the often mute
material record, and to equip Neanderthals with a number of logically prerequisite but generally
archaeologically invisible survival tools and practices, beyond the well-trodden paths of mobility,
hunting and planning.