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Festival of Ideas Oct 21, 2018 from 12:00 PM to 04:00 PM Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Downing Street, CB2 3DZ ,
FACE TO FACE WITH MEDIEVAL CAMBRIDGE - TRAIL - Pick up a free trail map and information from the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology and take a short trip around Cambridge. Meet eight medieval individuals whose lives have been reconstructed by members of the ‘After the Plague’ project. Positioned at four different locations, you can engage with these unique people to learn about their experiences, jobs, and how they came to be in Cambridge. Come to the exhibition at the Old Divinity School - www.festivalofideas.cam.ac.uk/events/face-face-medieval-cambridge-exhibi... - to learn about the methods used by skeletal biologists and archaeologists to reconstruct the lives of the past inhabitants you met, including how we are able to estimate their attributes such as age, sex, stature, hair and eye colour, disease and diet just from their bones!
Festival of Ideas Oct 20, 2018 from 10:30 AM to 04:00 PM Cambridge Archaeological Unit, 34 A & B Storey's Way, CB3 0DT ,
PREHISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY DAY - Step back in time and get hands-on with rock art, spear throwing, archery and pottery making; even bake bread the prehistoric way! Marvel at displays of metal smelting and flint knapping. Inspire your inner archaeologist! A fun and educational day out for the whole family. Read related feature article: www.festivalofideas.cam.ac.uk/connecting-people-past
George Pitt-Rivers Laboratory Seminars Oct 19, 2018 from 01:15 PM to 02:00 PM South Lecture Room, Department of Archaeology, North Building, Downing Street,
Dr. Hermine Xhauflair (University of Cambridge) - Are the notches intentional or not? "A functional analysis of Philippine stone tools reveals a diversity in practices at Tabon Cave, Palawan during Late Pleistocene"
Festival of Ideas Oct 19, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 06:00 PM St John's College Old Divinity School, All Saints Passage, CB2 1TP,
FACE TO FACE WITH MEDIEVAL CAMBRIDGE – EXHIBITION - Ever wondered what life was like in Medieval Cambridge? Visit this exhibition to discover information about people who lived in Cambridge during the 12th to 16th century. Explore how skeletal biologists reconstruct the lives of past people from the analyses of bones. Related event - live interpretation trail on SUN 21 OCT https://www.festivalofideas.cam.ac.uk/events/face-face-medieval-cambridg... Read related feature article: www.festivalofideas.cam.ac.uk/connecting-people-past
Festival of Ideas Oct 18, 2018 from 04:00 PM to 05:30 PM Department of Plant Sciences, Large Lecture Theatre, Downing Site Downing Street, CB2 3EA ,
HERITAGE IN AN AGE OF EXTREMES? - The Cambridge Heritage Research Centre brings together leading experts in the field of heritage to explore how heritage is used, created, lost and found in extreme conditions. Through four 15-minute presentations the panel presents current research on how heritage fares in contexts of extreme environments, be they natural, cultural, geographical or political. A 30-minute panel discussion then challenges the speakers to consider whether we are living in an age of unparalleled extremes. How do ideologies of extremism use heritage, and to what effect? How does living on a disappearing coastline or an earthquake-prone region shape one's understanding of heritage and belonging? Read related feature article: www.festivalofideas.cam.ac.uk/connecting-people-past
Garrod Research Seminars Oct 18, 2018 from 04:00 PM to 05:00 PM McDonald Institute Seminar Room,
Gavin Lucas (University of Iceland) - Salient Objects. Or, are some things more important than others?
Human-Animal Relations Reading Group Oct 18, 2018 from 01:00 PM to 02:00 PM North Lecture Room, Downing Site, CB2 3DZ,
Focus: Anthropocentrism vs. Posthumanism in human-animal studies, explored through Brian Boyd's 2017 review article "Archaeology and Human-Animal Relations: Thinking Through Anthropocentrism", and the first chapter of Donna Haraway's 2008 book When Species Meet. Link to readings: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/sgq7qd7l9fnnbxy/AACr9ChSaXYsrHRO_6RQIZNka?dl=0
Human-Animal Relations Reading Group Oct 18, 2018 from 01:00 PM to 02:00 PM North Lecture Room, Department of Archaeology, North Building, Downing Street,
Anthropocentrism?
African Archaeology Group Oct 18, 2018 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM McDonald Institute Seminar Room,
Professor David Lewis-Williams, (Professor Emeritus, Rock Art Research Institute, Witwatersrand University, South Africa) - San image-making and social relations
Festival of Ideas Oct 18, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 06:00 PM St John's College Old Divinity School, All Saints Passage, CB2 1TP,
FACE TO FACE WITH MEDIEVAL CAMBRIDGE – EXHIBITION - Ever wondered what life was like in Medieval Cambridge? Visit this exhibition to discover information about people who lived in Cambridge during the 12th to 16th century. Explore how skeletal biologists reconstruct the lives of past people from the analyses of bones. Related event - live interpretation trail on SUN 21 OCT https://www.festivalofideas.cam.ac.uk/events/face-face-medieval-cambridg... Read related feature article: www.festivalofideas.cam.ac.uk/connecting-people-past
Americas Archaeology Group Oct 17, 2018 from 05:00 PM to 06:00 PM McDonald Institute Seminar Room,
Agathe Dupeyron (University of East Anglia) - Archaeology as a Resource for Development: Evaluating the Sustainable Preservation Initiative (SPI) in Peru
Biological Anthropology Seminar Oct 17, 2018 from 04:30 PM to 05:30 PM Seminar Room, LCHES, Fitzwilliam Street, Cambridge CB2 1QH,
Tina Lasisi (Penn State University) The Nearly Naked Ape: Human Evolution Just Got Hairier
Professional Development Series Oct 17, 2018 from 01:00 PM to 02:00 PM McDonald Institute Seminar Room,
Jess Beck (University of Cambridge) and Zachary Cofran(Vassar College) - Introduction to the U.S. Academic Job Market
Festival of Ideas Oct 17, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 06:00 PM St John's College Old Divinity School, All Saints Passage, CB2 1TP,
FACE TO FACE WITH MEDIEVAL CAMBRIDGE – EXHIBITION - Ever wondered what life was like in Medieval Cambridge? Visit this exhibition to discover information about people who lived in Cambridge during the 12th to 16th century. Explore how skeletal biologists reconstruct the lives of past people from the analyses of bones. Related event - live interpretation trail on SUN 21 OCT https://www.festivalofideas.cam.ac.uk/events/face-face-medieval-cambridg... Read related feature article: www.festivalofideas.cam.ac.uk/connecting-people-past
Special Lecture _ Prof. Heinz Wanner Oct 16, 2018 from 05:00 PM to 06:00 PM McDonald Institute Seminar Room,
Heinz Wanner (University of Bern) - Rapid changes or gradual transitions? Holocene climate and its impact on societies. Heinz Wanner is a renowned climatologist, founder of the Oeschger Centre for Climate Research at the University of Bern, member of the IPCC, and winner of the Vautrin Lud prize (unofficial Nobel prize for Geography).
D Caucus Seminar Oct 16, 2018 from 04:30 PM to 05:30 PM Room 1.04, Faculty of Classics,
Rose Ferraby, (Faculty of Classics) - Stone exposures: cultural geology and archaeology
Classical Archaeology Seminars Oct 16, 2018 from 04:30 PM to 05:30 PM Room 1.04, Faculty of Classics, Sidgwick Avenue, CB3 9DA,
Rose Ferraby (University of Cambridge) - Stone exposures: cultural geology and archaeology
Mongolia and Inner Asia Studies Rsearch Seminars Oct 16, 2018 from 04:30 PM to 06:00 PM Seminar room, The Mond Building, Free School Lane, CB2 3RF,
Barbara Bodenhorn and Olga Ulturgasheva (University of Cambridge / University of Manchester) - Rules of Hunting; Rules of Gaming: Eveny Responses to an Inupiaq Video Game with Implications for Learning Strategies
Festival of Ideas Oct 16, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 06:00 PM St John's College Old Divinity School, All Saints Passage, CB2 1TP,
FACE TO FACE WITH MEDIEVAL CAMBRIDGE – EXHIBITION - Ever wondered what life was like in Medieval Cambridge? Visit this exhibition to discover information about people who lived in Cambridge during the 12th to 16th century. Explore how skeletal biologists reconstruct the lives of past people from the analyses of bones. Related event - live interpretation trail on SUN 21 OCT https://www.festivalofideas.cam.ac.uk/events/face-face-medieval-cambridg... Read related feature article: www.festivalofideas.cam.ac.uk/connecting-people-past
Later European Prehistory Group Oct 15, 2018 from 06:00 PM to 07:00 PM McDonald Institute Seminar Room,
Katharina Rebay-Salisbury (OEAW) - Researching motherhood in later European prehistory
Cabinet of Natural History Oct 15, 2018 from 01:00 PM to 02:00 PM Seminar Room 1, Department of History and Philosophy of Science, Free School Lane, Cambridge CB2 3RE,
Emma Spary (University of Cambridge) - Putting the Pieces Together: Canadian ginseng and botanical expertise in the French Regency
Festival of Ideas Oct 15, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 06:00 PM St John's College Old Divinity School, All Saints Passage, CB2 1TP ,
FACE TO FACE WITH MEDIEVAL CAMBRIDGE - EXHIBITION - Ever wondered what life was like in Medieval Cambridge? Visit this exhibition to discover information about people who lived in Cambridge during the 12th to 16th century. Explore how skeletal biologists reconstruct the lives of past people from the analyses of bones. Related event - live interpretation trail on SUN 21 OCT https://www.festivalofideas.cam.ac.uk/events/face-face-medieval-cambridg... Read related feature article: www.festivalofideas.cam.ac.uk/connecting-people-past
George Pitt-Rivers Laboratory Seminars Oct 12, 2018 from 01:15 PM to 02:00 PM McDonald Institute Seminar Room,
Professor Robert Marchant (University of York) - Charting 6000 years of human-environmental interacting in East Africa: insights, challenges and future directions
Garrod Research Seminars Oct 11, 2018 from 04:00 PM to 05:00 PM Seminar Room, Henry Wellcome Building, Pembroke Street,
Karina Grömer (Vienna) - A rarely known material evidence - Textiles as prestige goods in Central Europe, 1st millennium BC
Aegean Archaeology Group Oct 11, 2018 from 01:00 PM to 02:00 PM McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street,
Robin Osborne (University of Cambridge) - The big picture:writing history from the images on Athenian pots
Biological Anthropology PhD/Postdoc Talks Oct 11, 2018 from 12:00 PM to 04:00 PM LCHES Seminar Room, Henry Wellcome Building, Fitzwilliam Street, Cambridge, CB2 1QH,
12.00 JENNA DITTMAR - Conflict and Violence in Bronze Age Northwest China 12.30 BENJAMIN UTTING - Exploring Prehistoric Technology at the Trang An Landscape Complex. Pilot Study: Technological Diversity in Expedient Stone Tool Assemblages 1.00 LAURA VAN HOLSTEIN - Correlated Asymmetry in Divergence: Do Hominins Follow General Rules of Evolution? 1.30 BREAK 2.00 SARAH-LOUISE DECRAUSAZ - Bringing to bear: Body size and shape associations with pelvic dimensions in growing girls. 2.30 ROBIN MORRISON - PhD-sasters/unexpected adventures 3.00 KEAGHAN YAXLEY - Reconstructing the Last Common Ancestor of the Homininae: a subspecies approach 3.15 STEPH PAYNE - Researching high and low: investigating upper limb proportions in Himalayan populations 3.30 KEZIAH CONROY - TBC
Egyptian World Seminar Series Oct 10, 2018 from 05:00 PM to 06:30 PM McDonald Institute Seminar Room,
Gemma Tully (University of Cambridge) - What's the point of Collaborative Archaeology and Heritage Practice?: Case studies from Egypt and Sudan
Biological Anthropology Seminar Oct 10, 2018 from 04:30 PM to 05:30 PM Seminar Room, LCHES, Fitzwilliam Street, Cambridge CB2 1QH,
Dr. Jason Hodgson (University of Cambridge) - The influence of population history, natural selection, and culture on human diversity in Madagascar
Professional Development Series Oct 10, 2018 from 01:00 PM to 02:00 PM McDonald Institute Seminar Room,
Marcos Martinón-Torres (University of Cambridge) - Editor’s Tips for Publishing in the Journal of Archaeological Science
Classical Archaeology Seminars Oct 09, 2018 from 04:30 PM to 05:30 PM Room 1.04, Faculty of Classics, Sidgwick Avenue, CB3 9DA,
Martin Pitts (University of Exeter) - Objectscapes and connectivity in early Roman northwest Europe

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Festival of Ideas

Oct 22, 2018

St John's College Old Divinity School, All Saints Passage, CB2 1TP

Medieval Archaeology Group

Oct 22, 2018

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Americas Archaeology Group

Oct 22, 2018

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Later European Prehistory Group

Oct 22, 2018

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Festival of Ideas

Oct 23, 2018

St John's College Old Divinity School, All Saints Passage, CB2 1TP

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