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ACE, School of Histories, Languages and Culture | University of Liverpool
Presentation: "Issues of fire control in the mid-Pleistocene: evidence from Beeches Pit, UK, in evolutionary and socioecological context"

My research interests in human evolution focus especially on the middle times between the ape-like australopithecines and the appearance of Homo sapiens within the last half million years.  Our research is aimed at tracing the preconditions of and origins of human conceptualising abilities which lead to later developments such as art and mathematics. We work with a research group which is concerned with the form and dynamics of early artefacts, and also with investigating the early history of human fire use and control.


The magical pull of fire: flames dancing above a fire made after hedge cutting in Shropshire, with the ancient hill fort of Caer Caradoc in the background.