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PUBLIC OUTREACH

 

  • Cambridge Science Festival, March 2016 

  • Cambridge Science Festival, March 2017

  • Marie Skłodowska-Curie Ambassador Event at the Festival of Ideas in Cambridge, October 2016 

  • Paris-Cambridge Seminar Series: Epistemological dialogues (Thursday 7 December 2017, 11 am to 1 pm)

 
 
 

Luc Moreau providing visitors with hands-on experience in macroscopic identification of flint artefacts and geological samples from the Benelux based on easily observable properties (e.g., color of the siliceous matrix, type of cortex, texture, possible inclusions, fossils).

 
 
 

Flint - Prehistoric Man's Steel

Stone tools are the most abundant source of evidence about Human Evolution. The most currently exploited toolstone raw materials in Prehistoric times were cryptocrystalline quartz-rich materials, such as chert or flint. 

Our ancient ancestors were just as keen about the quality of the rocks used for stone tools as we are about the quality of steel. They even imported them from long distances. The sourcing and reliable characterization of lithic resources holds the key to deriving meaningful inferences and formulating testable hypotheses regarding the interaction of past hominins with their environment.

 
 
 
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