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David Wengrow: The Dawn of Everything - A New History of Humanity

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How we see our ancestors shapes our understanding of humankind - whether we dismiss them as primitive, or in possession of a freedom that was sacrificed in the name of civilisation. But these stories are relatively new - The Dawn of Humanity by David Graeber and David Wengrow exposes the falsity of both theories, and explores how and why they arose in the eighteenth century.

Join David Wengrow for an in conversation event with Dr Caroline Pennock for a journey through history that challenges our assumptions and reveals the unexpected, presenting a path towards new forms of freedom and new models of civilisation. Groundbreaking research in archaeology and anthropology lights the way, exposing the true origins of civilisation and transforming our understanding of the world. What if our ancestors were neither primitive warmongers nor liberated equals? What if, instead of dismissing them, we can learn from them? Chaired by Dr Caroline Pennock - University of Sheffield.

David Wengrow is an archaeologist, author and Professor of Comparative Archaeology at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London. This event is hosted by Dr Caroline Dodds Pennock, senior lecturer in International History at the University of Sheffield.

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