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Lecture – Fire Masters: Cooking and Feasting 10,000 Years Ago by Andrew McCarthy

Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015

06:30 PM
US/Central

The food we eat and its preparation define us as humans as few things do. Archaeologists theorize that cooking and feasting enabled the human brain to expand. Excavations on Cyprus reveal the presence of large stone ovens much larger than a single tribe required, apparently for the purpose of sharing feasts in the Neolithic period dating to 10,000 years ago. Dr. Andrew McCarthy will explore how cooking and feasting may be decisive steps toward the development of civilization. Perhaps the origin of our holiday feasts is result of humankind³ greatest prehistoric inventions.

About the Lecture

Dr. Andrew McCarthy is the director of the Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute in Nicosia, Cyprus. This lecture is cosponsored by AIA, Houston Society.

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