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WOMAN IN TIME – EXPLORING OUR HUMANITY THROUGH POETRY AND SCIENCE

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015 from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM (GMT)

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Woman in Time is an exploration of humanity from its earliest days through to the turbulent middle years of the 20th Century, using poetry and spoken word performance to tell stories of three women. One of these women died, one went on to great things, and one disappeared.

Their lives intersected on one day 80 years ago, leaving a scientific legacy that speaks to the fundamental question of what it means to be human, and a cultural legacy which stretches from the arts to activism.

The woman who died was a Neanderthal, now known as Tabun 1. Her skull and skeleton were discovered in 1932, on the slopes of Mount Carmel, Israel, by young Cambridge graduate Jacquetta Hawkes and local Palestinian archaeologist Yusra.

Jacquetta would go on to be a successful archaeologist, science communicator, playwright and poet as well as one of the founders of the CND, and her most admired poem Man in Time vividly describes her emotional awakening during the excavation at Mount Carmel.

Yusra had hoped to take up a Newnham College Fellowship at Cambridge, but her life fell prey to the tumultuous history of the Middle East and after her village was depopulated in the 1948 Arab-Israeli war she disappeared. We remember her only by her scientific legacy and a few poignant pictures that remain.

The story of the Neanderthal woman, Tabun 1, is controversial. Her people may have been the first to encounter our own species on its excursion out of Africa over 120,000 years ago. But whether these two groups of humans really met, and possibly even competed, for the resources and territory of Mount Carmel remains a fascinating mystery. It’s a contested story about what is still a contested piece of land, and one which resonates up through the ages to the present day.

Dr Tori Herridge (Natural History Museum & TrowelBlazers) & Alison Cullingford (U. Bradford Special Collections) will weave science with history, poetry and real-life human experience telling the story of the excavation of Tabun 1 in Jacquetta Hawkes’s own words, capturing the thrill and emotion of scientific discovery. They will explore the science behind one of the most important ancient human fossils ever found. And through the poignant story of Yusra, we will help to highlight the scientific contributions of a much overlooked group: that of Muslim women in the early 20th Century.

 
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Waterstones Bradford Wool Exchange

BD1 1BL Bradford
United Kingdom

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM (GMT)


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TrowelBlazers is a grass-roots, crowd-sourced intitiative which celebrates the contribution of women to archaeology, palaeontology and geology - past and present.

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