Lunchtime Lecture Series - Human Evolutions Burning Question by Sally Hoare

1:00pm - 2:00pm / Monday 22nd July 2019 / Venue: The lecture will take place in the Leggate Lecture Theatre. Victoria Gallery & Museum
Type: Lecture / Category: Department / Series: Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology Seminar Series
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To celebrate the Council for British Archaeology, Festival of Archaeology the Department of Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology are hosting a series of lunchtime lectures. This lecture series offers a chance for the public to learn more about the variety of interesting research projects currently taking place in the Department. With talks from postgraduate students, early career researchers, lecturers and Museum staff the lectures are also a great way for current and prospective students to discover the potential career pathways open to those studying in these fields.

In this talk, "Human Evolutions Burning Question- The Timing and Origins of the Controlled use of Fire?" Post-Doctoral student Sally Hoare will discuss how fire is one of the most important technological advancements of the Homo genus. This is due to the many benefits that its use and control affords in terms of human adaptation e.g. light, heat, cooking, defence against predators, modification of material culture and environments. Despite these benefits little is currently known to surround the circumstances by which fire use arose and became important as a major human adaptation. In this talk, we will discuss how the close association of humans and natural fires 3 million years ago may have provided a stimulus for the initial use of fire by humans.