Lecture – June 24 2022

Because of the tube strike on June 24, this lecture has been postponed to July 22

Tim Reynolds

Who are you calling Neanderthal?

The lecture will be on June 24th at 7.00pm
in the Bertrand Russell Room, Conway Hall
25 Red Lion Square, WC1R 4RL.

Tim Reynolds is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of History, Classics & Archaeology at Birkbeck College where he has worked since 2003. Before that he was County Archaeologist for Cambridgeshire and also taught for the University of Cambridge Extra-Mural Board. He had previously been a lecturer in archaeology at the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. He works on the archaeology of Neanderthals and modern human origins and has a specific interest in lithic technology and human adaptation.

Tim has provided the following abstract of his lecture.

Neanderthals suffer from being amongst our nearest ancestral neighbours. They have been harshly judged by our standards and considered brutish and primitive. Renewed excavations at Shanidar cave, Iraqi Kurdistan, are exploring the counter claims of Neanderthals as caring herbalists. Or, as the excavator put it: ‘The First Flower People’. This talk presents some of the preliminary results of recent work that include the discovery of the most complete Neanderthal skeleton found in the last decade. Just how similar to us are these fascinating ancient people?

Further reading about the excavations may be found by clicking here.

As is the case for all lectures, this one is free of charge for EMAS members, while a fee of £3 is payable by non-members in cash at the lecture.

Since the lecture room has a capacity of 35 people, we would be grateful if you could send an email to theEMASsecretary@gmail.com to let us know that you are planning to attend. We hope to see you there.