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An online talk by Dr Patrick Randolph-Quinney on historical and recent fieldwork at Makapansgat, South Africa

Talk outline

The Makapansgat Valley UNESCO World Heritage site, Limpopo Province, provides one of the most important records of human evolution in southern Africa. With sites spanning some 3 million years to recent, the valley has yielded fossils of Australopithecus africanus and archaic Homo, and archaeological signatures from the Acheulean of the Early Stone Age (c. 500,000 years ago) to the Iron Age.

The valley has been investigated since the 1920's with much effort focussed on the Cave of Hearths, the most deeply-stratified Stone Age site in Limpopo province, and a critical location for understanding the processes that drove us to become ‘human'.

This online presentation will discuss the history of fieldwork in the valley in the context of recent work by the Makapansgat Archaeological Landscape Project. This work has used a combination of excavation and field exploration, coupled with drone survey and satellite imaging - focussing on understanding how early humans utilised their environment through space and time, and what this may mean about the evolutionary transition from archaic to modern biology and culture South of the Sahara.

There will be ample opportunity to ask questions to the speaker.

Cost and booking

This event is free to attend and open to all. Advance registration is essential through the link at the top of the page.


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