Tens of thousands of Palaeolithic stone tools reside in museum collections across the country. Many of these were discovered in the late 19th or early 20th Century, and have been the subject of much fascination and research ever since. They provide the foundations for our understanding of the earliest human inhabitants of Britain. The stories that can be told by these mainly flint artefacts have evolved as new discoveries have been made, new scientific techniques have been developed, and with a greater understanding of past changes to climate, environment and geography.
This talk will discuss some new discoveries from recent excavations and how they add to our understanding of the ebb and flow of early humans in Britain. From the earliest pioneer populations nearly 1 million years ago to more sustained occupation by 400,000 years ago, this period in human evolution sees the development of technology, including fire-use, and social behaviour to overcome the challenges of life in Pleistocene northwest Europe.
Dr Rob Davis is a Palaeolithic archaeologist working on the Pathways to Ancient Britain project at the British Museum.
Tickets: £7 (£4.50 WANHS members; £3 students) – booking essential.
Date: Saturday 16 December
Time: Start 2.30 pm
Location: Wiltshire Museum (we are not able to make this a 'hybrid' event)
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