Hunting Mammoth and Early Humans in Dorset by Dr. Matt Pope

Dorset has an untapped fossil record of early Stone Age archaeology and vertebrate remains. In this talk, this potential set against the wider early Stone Age record of the English Channel region, covering themes of human evolution, climate and sea level change.

Geology Panels Triptych No.3 by Kenneth Hatts - Dorset County Museum © 2015

Geology Panels Triptych No.3 by Kenneth Hatts – Dorset County Museum © 2015

The ancient landscape of Dorset and its potential to deliver new finds, new data and perspectives on the earliest archaeological records of North West Europe will be outlined in particular the site of Dewlish, will be introduced and its importance in finding the evidence for the first humans in the region will be discussed.

‘Hunting Mammoth and Early Humans in Dorset’ by Dr. Matt Pope is a FREE talk is open to all. To cover costs, a small donation of £3.00 is encouraged. The talk will take place in the Museum’s Victorian Gallery on Friday 6th November, 7.30pm (doors open at 7.00pm).

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British Museum Curator to give talk on Ice Age Art

Ivory Swimming ReindeerIn 2013 the British Museum staged a unique exhibition of Ice Age Art, created between 40,000 and 10,000 years ago. It presented masterpieces of sculpture, ceramics, drawing and personal ornaments from all over Europe. These striking objects are now the subject of a fascinating talk at Dorset County Museum by the exhibition’s curator, Jill Cook.

Jill Cook

Jill Cook

Jill is a Senior Curator and Deputy Keeper of the Department of Prehistory & Europe at The British Museum. She is an archaeologist whose interest in archaeology began in Dorset as a teenager when she volunteered on Roman villa excavations at Dewlish. At university the subject of her dissertation was Edward Cunnington and his excavations of Dorset barrows. Since then, she has specialized in the deeper history of much earlier periods, investigating the archaeology of human evolution, as well as the history of archaeology.

During her talk on Ice Age art at Dorset County Museum on 5th December, Jill Cook will show some of the masterpieces from the exhibition such as the British Museum’s mammoth ivory sculpture of a pair of swimming reindeer, plus the oldest known sculptures, drawings and musical instruments from Europe. Far from being simple objects from a remote time, Jill will explain how these works of art are important clues about the evolution of our brains and the development of modern human societies.

The talk starts at 7.30pm and entry is FREE. The doors will open at 7.00pm and all donations to cover costs will be welcome. For further information visit or telephone the Museum on 01305 262735.