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Kindred: Neanderthal Life, Love, Death and Art

A talk by Dr Rebecca Wragg Sykes

Thursday 7 July, 7.30pm

Rattray Lecture Theatre, University of Leicester

FREE, booking essential via Eventbrite via

The Neanderthals are our closest evolutionary cousins. Once thought to be thuggish cave dwellers we now can see they used technology, had complex cognition and diverse ways of dealing with their dead. The talk will conclude by reflecting on evidence from Britain, and recent ideas around the eventual disappearance of Neanderthals.

Rebecca is an archaeologist, author and Honorary Fellow in the School of Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology, University of Liverpool. Her first book also called Kindred: Neanderthal Life, Love, Death and Art is a critically acclaimed bestseller, winner of the PEN Hessell-Tiltman prize for History 2021, a New York Times Notable Book of 2021; and in 2020 was Current Archaeology’s Book of The Year, The Times Book of The Week, Guardian Book of the Day and one of 2020’s Best Books for The Sunday Times, New Scientist, and BBC Science Focus.

The talk is a joint public lecture with Leicestershire Archaeological and Historical Society and the Prehistoric Society.