The Neanderthals: not so different after all?

The Neanderthals: not so different after all?

The Neanderthals: not so different after all?
Tuesday 22 September 2020, 5.00pm to 6.10pm BST
Past event
Past event
Tuesday 22 September 2020, 5.00pm to 6.10pm BST
  • Shanidar Cave
Open to: 
Alumni and guests
Humanities, Social sciences

Ever since their discovery over 150 years ago, the Neanderthals have had a bad press! However, mounting evidence including from current excavations in Shanidar Cave (Iraqi Kurdistan) shows them in a very different light. What do these latest findings tell us about the Neanderthals, our closest evolutionary cousins? Why did they go extinct rather than us?

A recording of this session is available to watch on YouTube

The Neanderthals - not so different from us after all? - Prof Graeme Barker & Dr Emma Pomeroy


Dr Emma Pomeroy (St John's 2000)

Dr Emma Pomeroy

Dr Emma Pomeroy's research centres on understanding how past and present variation in human health, growth and morphology is influenced by evolutionary processes and interactions with the natural and social environments. She combines human bioarchaeology with human biology and palaeoanthropology, and previous and current projects include work in South America, South Asia and Europe.

Emma is Lecturer in the Evolution of Health, Diet and Disease at the Department of Archaeology, and a Fellow, College Lecturer, and Assistant Tutor at Newnham College.

Professor Graeme Barker (St John's 1965)

Professor Graeme Barker

Professor Graeme Barker is a British archaeologist notable for his work on the Italian Bronze Age, the Roman occupation of Libya and landscape archaeology. He was the Disney Professor of Archaeology at Cambridge from 2004 to 2014 and was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2015 New Year Honours for services to archaeology.

He is also Senior Fellow at the McDonald Insitute for Archaeological Research, a Professorial Fellow at St John's College, and Director of Studies at Corpus Christi College.

Booking information

Booking for this event is now closed.


Events Team
+44 (0)1223 332288