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The 20th Dr. John Rae Lecture I From Dumb Brutes to Kissing Cousins: Rewriting Neanderthal Prehistory and their relationship to modern humans

Date/Time: Saturday Feb. 8, 8pm Venue: Rm.1A1, Ewart Angus Centre, NW corner of MUMC hospital bldg., 1200 Main St. W., Hamilton

Jan 22, 2020

Homo neanderthalensis – better known as Neanderthals – have enjoyed a high profile in academic and popular press since their discovery in the late 18th century. Our closest relatives in space, time and genetic make-up, they are a character we have long contrasted with ourselves – Homo sapiens - as a means of a defining what it is to be a modern human. This talk reviews the Neanderthals, their origins, homelands, lifeways and intellectual capabilities, tracing a narrative that initially set them as a brutish ‘other’, to today when many see the distinctions between ‘them and us’, as much more blurred.

Tristan Carter received his PhD from the Institute of Archaeology (University College London) in 1999, followed by post-doctoral fellowships at the British School at Athens, and the British Institute in Ankara. He then spent six years teaching at Stanford University prior to joining McMaster in 2007, when he is now an Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology.