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Fire in Human Evolution

Monday 10 June 2024 - Tuesday 11 June 2024
Van Steenis
Einsteinweg 2
2333 CC Leiden

On June 10th and 11th, 2024, the Leiden Human Evolution Collective is organizing a small symposium on the topic of “Fire in Human Evolution”, hosted at the Faculty of Archaeology, and supported by the KIEM grant. The event is designed to bring together researchers from within Leiden and beyond working in different disciplines, and has sessions on five main themes: 

  • Fire perception, social interaction, and culture
  • Fire as landscape management
  • Fire, cooking and diet
  • Fire technology and cognition 
  • Archaeological signatures of fire

Invited speakers (4-5 per session) will give brief talks, which will be followed by a moderated discussion with the audience. The symposium is explicitly interdisciplinary and aimed at a broad academic audience. It will include catered lunches (all vegetarian/vegan), coffee and tea, and a social event at PLNT. Participants for a small contribution to cover food and drinks during the event (€15).

General programme

Monday June 10

  • 9:30 to 16:45 hours | lectures
  • 17:30 to 21:00 hours | social event at PLNT (Langegracht 70, Leiden)

Tuesday June 11

  • 9:30 to 15:45 hours | lectures


Registration is now open until the 30th of May. There are limited spots, so make sure to register on time. 

Register here. Payment details are included in the registration form.

Please reach out to Femke Reidsma or Amanda Henry if you have any questions. We hope to see many of you there!

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