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Public lecture by Dr Paul Pettitt and Dr Mark White, Dept. of Archaeology, University of Sheffield

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Public lecture by Dr Paul Pettitt and Dr Mark White, Dept. of Archaeology, University of Sheffield

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Excavations from the 1820s to 1860s in Kent's Cavern (Torquay, Devon) played a major role in the establishment of deep roots for human antiquity, coinciding with the development and promulgation of Darwin's and Wallace's notion of evolution by means of natural selection.

We review the history of investigations at the site in wider context, showing how the cave's archaeology challenged established dogma promulgated by Buckland, Cuvier and others, and came to be one of the most informative sites for Ice Age human behaviour in Britain.

Speakers: Dr Paul Pettitt and Dr Mark White, Dept. of Archaeology, University of Sheffield