Evening Lectures Return To Corinium Museum

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Evening Lectures Return To Corinium Museum

A host of evening lectures to educate and entertain will return to the Corinium Museum this autumn.

The Cirencester museum’s popular evening lecture series, which all take place on Thursday evenings from 7-8.30pm, will include sessions on Iron Age Britain, astronomy, and a lecture on ancestry, genetics and fossils with a famous BBC expert.
The first lecture in the series will take place on Thursday September 24th when Professor Miranda Aldhouse-Green delivers the talk ‘Murder in the Marsh: The Bog Bodies of Iron Age Europe’.

More than 2000 years ago, certain people were not buried or cremated, but instead were disposed of in marshes, preserving their bodies for posterity. In this talk, Prof Aldhouse-Green, one of the leading experts in this field, will explore why some individuals were treated in this manner.

Again on the Iron Age theme, the lecture on Thursday October 29th is called Nose to Tail: Horses in Iron Age Britain. Led by the Corinium Museum’s Dr Alison Brookes, this fascinating talk will examine the archaeology of horses in the Iron Age. Alison will discuss horse-related objects and imagery, the importance of horses in this period and the various sites where horse remains have been unearthed.

An evening lecture taking place on Thursday November 11th – called Astronomy and the Ancients – will look at the night sky and our eternal fascination with the stars. This talk will be hosted by Bob Mizon, who will discuss the contributions made by ancient civilisations towards our understanding of the stars, and the early days and subsequent rise of one of the oldest sciences, astronomy.

The final lecture in the series, called The Incredible Human Journey: Behind the Scenes, will examine who we are and where we all came from. This is hosted by Dr Alice Roberts, who is a regular on such BBC programmes as ‘The Incredible Human Journey’ and ‘Coast’.

This talk, held on Thursday November 26th, will use genetics, archaeology and fossils to explain how our ancestry dates back to Africa, where our species appeared around 200,000 years ago. Dr Roberts will look at the ancient migrations that spread our ancestors to the corners of the earth through stones, bones and genes.
Tickets cost £5 with 10% discount for annual season ticket holders, and Friends of the Corinium Museum. Finish times may vary.

Anyone wanting further information should contact the Corinium Museum on 01285 655611 or by email, museums@cotswold.gov.uk

Posted : 24/08/2009 19:41:44

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