Into the green desert: human movements & environment in the Arabian deserts

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Learn about the significance of the Arabian desert regions for our understanding of human evolution and prehistory

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With guest speaker, Dr Richard Clark-Wilson. Richard has recently completed his PhD at Royal Holloway and is a team member of the Palaeodeserts Project, which investigates climate change and human evolution in the Arabian Desert. You can find out more here:

The Arabian Peninsula lies in an important geographic position for understanding prehistoric human dispersals between Africa and Eurasia during the Pleistocene. Though the Arabian deserts are currently arid and would provide a significant barrier to prehistoric human movements, there is evidence from fossils, footprints and stone tools that humans have moved into the heart of the Arabian deserts on multiple occasions. But exactly when and how did this happen? In this talk, Richard will present some of the latest research on the past environments of the Arabian deserts, describe how they transformed into attractive landscapes for humans, and highlight the implications this has for our understanding of human history.

5th July 2021, 6pm BST

This talk will be hosted via Zoom webinar. Please book your place using an email address you will check, as the Zoom link will be sent to that address shortly before the event (remember to check spam/junk/other folders in your inbox). You will not be seen on camera or heard on microphone during the session, but you will be invited to ask questions via the chat function on Zoom.

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This talk is free to attend but we do ask for a suggested donation of £3. This is to cover the costs associated with hosting an event and to help support us during lockdown. Creswell Heritage Trust is a registered charity with no regular funding support. We have only survived the challenges of 2020 and 2021 with the help of emergency funding and generous donations from our supporters: if you are able to donate as part of attending this event, it will be very much appreciated.

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