Wednesday, September 28, 2011

La Cotte de St Brelade

This is one of the most important archaeological sites in Europe and during the summer I was involved in helping archaeologists from University College, London look for possible other sites along the south coast of Jersey.  We used kayaks along to south coast to try and identify sites which might warrant further investigation and part of the work was filmed by the BBC for the programme "Digging for Britain" which is going to be broadcast on BBC 2 this Friday evening.
At La Cotte de St Brelade the remains of mammoth and rhinoceros, amongst other things have been discovered at this Palaeolithic site.  Every time I paddle past I am awe at the significance of this site which lies just a couple of miles from where I live but which looks out across some of the finest sea kayaking in north west Europe.  
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 Looking down into La Cotte de St Brelade.  The reefs are a beautiful paddling area.
 Peter Wrigglesworth paddling past La Cotte.  The red and white Jersey Round Tower in the distance is on Ouaisne Common.  Ouaisne is a great place to leave from and even better place to arrive because the Smuggler's serves great beer!
 La Cotte de St Brelade is the obvious gash just to the centre of the cliff.
This short clip is part of the programme, "Digging for Britain" which looks at how kayaks have been used to help identify possible further sites of archaeological interest.

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