In this group we aim to explore the beginnings of human societies and how the change from hunters/gatherers to settled agricultural communities took place and then affected the development of art and culture. Who were the key actors? What were the roles of women and men? Some historians claim that the change to agriculture was worse for women, but is that true? Often in written history the story of women tends to get missed out as an aspect of life that was ‘normal’ and not worth reporting, while battles led by men are key features. Much more is known these days about ancient cultures because the tools we can use to decipher old scripts or ancient bones are improved. So there is much new knowledge leading to new theories about the developments of societies. All participants are invited to contribute with their own explorations, leading to us all learning from each other.
19 June 2019 : Margot will talk to us about hominids etc
17 July 2019 : Mark will talk to us about aspects of hunter/gatherer life moving towards agriculture>
14 August 2019 : David will talk about DNA
16 October 2019 :Pat will talk about rock/cave art
20 November 2019 : Greta will talk about nature and the first class struggle
18 December 2019 : Ian will talk about an aspect of anthropology