Fire And Human Evolution

John Gowlett: Fire And Human Evolution 24 March 2015

John Gowlett

Fire And Human Evolution
Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 18:45

A leading expert discusses the archaeological evidence for the use of fire by humans since earliest times.

Prof. Gowlett discussed the archaeology of fire, when and how it was used by early humans and how it may have been domesticated, and the role of fire in human evolution including its consequences for diet, social organisation and culture. Prof. Gowlett teaches at Liverpool University and is the author of 'Fireside chat: the impact of fire on hominid socioecology' (in Lucy to Language: the benchmark papers, 2014) and 'Earliest fire in africa: towards the convergence of archaeological evidence and the cooking hypothesis' (in Azania: Archaeological Research in Africa, 48, 2013).