Dr James Cole

Palaeolithic cannibalism: Contextualising attitudes to death and society

1:00pm - 2:00pm / Thursday 27th January 2022
Type: Seminar / Category: Department / Series: Evolutionary Archaeology Seminar Series
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Speaker: Dr James Cole
Affiliation: University of Brighton

Abstract: Cannibalism within the Palaeolithic hominin context shows that within a sparse fossil record there seems to be a small, but persistent, behavioural signature that indicates cannibalism has been part of the hominin behavioural repertoire for at least the last c. 1 million years (if not longer). Understanding the motivations behind the instances of Palaeolithic cannibalism are important for considering how past hominin societies viewed their dead within the broader behavioural context of their daily lives. This paper presents some reflections on the practice of Palaeolithic cannibalism in regards to motivation, and sets the practice of cannibalism against the wider behavioural context of past and present hominin societies.

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