Unusual Neanderthal activity in a marginal environment

Unusual Neanderthal activity in a marginal environment: New research at Shanidar Cave, Iraq (Professor Chris Hunt, Liverpool John Moores University)

1:00pm - 2:00pm / Thursday 27th February 2020
Type: Seminar / Category: Department
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The re-excavation of Shanidar Cave, in Kurdish Iraq, is yielding some surprises. Published just last week in Antiquity, Prof Hunt will be discussing the first fully articulated Neanderthal remains discovered for over 25 years.The team, co-led by Prof Hunt, have discovered new Neanderthal skeletal material associated with the famous 'flower burial', which throws fresh light on the formation of this mortuary group and offers a rare opportunity to investigate Neanderthal mortuary practices utilising modern archaeological techniques. The higher layers in the cave provide further evidence of complex behavior more than 50,000 years ago. Prof Hunt will be also sharing some unpublished findings from their last field season at Shanidar Cave.

This event is part of the Evolutionary Anthropology Seminar Series.