Institute of Archaeology


Valdoe Survey

The Valdoe Quarry lies on the Goodwood Estate, near Chichester in West Susssex. Topographically it occupies an almost identical position to the original Boxgrove site although situated some 6km to the west. In 2006 a new project, funded by DEFRA through the Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund, was established. This project aimed to determine the full extent of the palaeolandsurfaces within the vicinity of the Quarry, to determine the degree to which the Quarry has impacted upon the these deposits and to develop a plan for the future management of this unique and precious scientific resource.

The Project also examined the wider distribution of the palaeolandsurface across the Goodwood Estate and into the Lavant Valley. This part of the county has produced a large quantity of Palaeolithic surface finds which we feel may be largely derived from subcrops of the Slindon Formation. The Project, which commenced in Jan 2006, represents a unique level of cooperation in Sussex between the Goodwood Estate, Dudmans LTD, West Sussex County Council, English Heritage and DEFRA through the ALSF.

The project produced the first clear evidence for in-situ archaeology within the wider Boxgrove palaeolandscape outside of the main Boxgrove site.

Related outputs

  • Pope M.I., M.B. Roberts, A. Maxted and P. Jones. (2009) Lower Palaeolithic Archaeology at the Valdoe, West Sussex. Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society 75: 339-263