‘Guess who’s coming to dinner (food)’ ‘Into the darkness (death/violence)’ and 'Some like it hot (sex/gender)' were the themes covered during lively, evening talks delivered to full audiences at the Boathouse pub in Cambridge.
Giulio Lucarini, Marie Curie Fellow of the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research and one of this year’s organisers of the event said: “The aim of Pint of Science is to reach out to a wider audience by moving away from formal talks and recreating the buzz of popular music festivals. Leading experts present, discuss and take questions on their latest research with members of the public over a beer and a packet of pork scratchings.”
Speakers representing archaeology were:
- Corrine Duhig (Senior Fellow, McDonald Institute) presenting ‘Forensic archaeology and anthropology in a war zone: Justice or closure’
- Evi Margaritis (Marie Curie Fellow, McDonald Institute) presenting ‘Bread, bulgur, wine and olive oil: Food in antiquity’
- John Robb (Reader in European Prehistory, Division of Archaeology) presenting “How to achieve a social life after death”
- Marie Louise Stig Sørensen (Reader in Archaeology, Division of Archaeology) presenting “Life was different then – reflecting on sex and gender in prehistory
These talks were organised by the Cambridge ‘Our Society Team’ dealing with social/humanistic themes such as archaeology, history, politics, economics, philosophy, sociology, public policy and including in its members Lucarini, Valentina Borgia, (Marie Curie Fellow, McDonald Institute) and postgraduate archaeology students Flaminia Bartolini and Meghan Strong.