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Symbols and Climate: Tracing the origins of behaviourally modern Homo sapiens in southern Africa


Lecture by Christopher Henshilwood

Christopher Henshilwood is a professor of archeology at the University of Bergen and at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. He leads the Blombos Cave Project in South Africa, a major archaeological research initiative that contribute significantly to the international debate about the origins of modern human behavior. The findings suggest that southern Africa was a primary center for the early development of modern human behavior and development of complex language. In support of this research, he has also won an ERC Advanced Grant.

Read what the prestigious Nature journal writes about Henshilwoods research in a three-page photo report in February this year.

Read more about Henshilwood in his Tracsymbols website and in På høyden.

See also article in Hubro (in Norwegian) about the Big history of man, by Professor Jarl Giske and Research Scientist Christian Jørgensen, where they point out that "There is a growing  recognition among biologists that culture - and the society this culture has created - has been the most important driving force for the evolution of our own species during the last two million years. "

The event starts with a snack and refreshments in advance of the lecture that starts at 15.15.

The lecture is open to all. Welcome!

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