Image of Dr Alejandra Pasual-Garrido in woodland.

Archaeology of the Perishable: Plant-based Ape Technology

1:00pm - 2:00pm / Thursday 3rd June 2021
Type: Webinar / Category: Department / Series: Evolutionary Archaeology Seminar Series
  • Suitable for: Anyone.
  • Admission: Free.
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The archaeological record includes three-million-years of material culture. Yet, while the first toolkits almost certainly contained plant-based components, these remain absent from the record until 300,000 years-ago. This leaves us with a fundamentally incomplete picture of our own technological evolution. The prevalence of plant-derived implements in modern hunter-gatherers and non-human primates suggests that non-lithic tools were just as important as those made from stones, if not more so. In this talk, Dr Alejandra Pasual-Garrido will discuss how studies of chimpanzees, our close relatives, can provide insights into the ephemeral technologies that existed but remain obscure in the archaeological record.

In affiliation with the University of Oxford.

Zoom information: contact Lucy Timbrell