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CAHO Christmas Lecture

  Dear all, We are pleased to announce that the annual CAHO Christmas Lecture will be given by dr Penny Spikins from the University of York. In the spirit of ¬†the festive season she will talk about:¬†Angels or Demons?:¬† Can the archaeological record tell us what motivated our earliest ancestors?¬†For more details please see the abstract below. The lecture will take place on 12 December (Thursday) 2014 at 4pm in the Wymer Lab, bld 65a, Avenue Campus. Wine and mince pies will be served. Continue reading →

First CAHO Seminar this Friday!

    The first CAHO seminar of the new academic year will be given by our own John “Mac” McNabbwho will talk about the new site that him and his team have been working on this summer. This is really exciting as it represents the first major Lower Palaeolithic site in Greece, so don’t miss out! You can read up on it¬†here. Title: ¬†”Recent work on Lesvos, the Lower Palaeolithic of Greece.” Place: Wymer Lab. Time: this Friday, 25 October, at 5 p.m. Continue reading →

Outstanding Biographies: The Forgotten Lives of Prehistoric Monuments in Europe

Next Friday, 6 September 2013, we will be running a very special session at the 19th Annual Meeting of the EAA in Pilsen (Czech Republic), a session dedicated to the lives of prehistoric monuments in Iron Age, Roman and Medieval Europe. Leading scholars in the field will be gathered to present the outstanding biographies of some megalithic monuments, stelae, statue-menhirs and rock art sites in various European and Mediterranean regions. Continue reading →

Seminars 2013-2014

¬†We’re currently planning this year‚Äôs Centre for Archaeology of Human¬†Origins seminar series after the great success of the¬†series last year.¬† Thanks again to all those speakers from 2012-13 and to see the range and quality of last year check out the past events on the seminars page.¬† Thanks must go to the¬†Humanities Graduate School¬†for funding of the series last year. Keep checking in to see who and when speakers are presenting. Continue reading →

Charting celebrity

I have been discovering how Google NGRAM can answer all sorts of niggling questions about fame, celebrity and novelty http://books.google.com/ngrams . What it does is search the 5 million books that have been digitised between 1500 and 2000. This adds up to about 4 per cent of all the books published and a staggering 500 billion words. By any standards this is a big sample. Continue reading →

Meetings make History

At the end of May I visited Flor√ł, western Norway as part of the scientific/steering committee for the 'Meetings make History' project run by Ingrid Fuglestvedt at Oslo University. The 'Meetings make History' project is based on Ingrid's analysis and interpretation of the Stone Age rock art of Scandinavia, characterised by animal motifs. Continue reading →