Recorded Lectures

The impact of the Storegga Slide tsunami on the Mesolithic population of Britain

Presented by Dr Clive Waddington FSA FSAScot MCIfA

Around 6,175 cal BC Britain was irrevocably impacted upon by what is probably the largest marine megaslide tsunami so far recovered on the planet. This event, combined with the climatic cold period or ‘neoglacial’ within which it occurred known as the ‘8.2 kyr event’, had significant effects on both the landscape, seascape as well as the human population of much of Britain. This paper will explore these events and their impact on the Mesolithic population with specific reference to several sites, including Howick and Low Hauxley, as case studies.

Clive is a well-known archaeologist with a long career as both an academic, consultant and founder of Archaeological research Services Ltd. His specialist interests include the Mesolithic and Neolithic, landscape archaeology, technique development, lithics, coastal archaeology and prehistoric rock art. He has worked for commercial archaeological units, English Heritage, as both an Adult Education and University lecturer at the University of Newcastle and has appeared regularly on television and radio.

Archaeologists recording human and animal footprints