FEAG speaker meeting tonight – The Toba Supervolcanic Eruption

Fen Edge Archaeology Group
Thursday 13 March at 7.30pm at Cottenham Village College
Note: This meeting will be held in the Common Room.

‘The Toba supervolcanic eruption of 74,000 years ago: investigating the eruption’s impact on stone age hunter-gatherers in India’ by Sacha Jones

74,000 years ago, a large section of the Indonesian island of Sumatra exploded in one of the biggest volcanic eruptions of the past 2 million years. The global environmental impact of the ash and gas clouds from this ‘super-volcano’ – known as Toba – is considered by some scientists to be the most catastrophic event the human species has ever endured. But did we face extinction? What happened to the world’s climate? And how did Toba shape human evolution?

Dr Sacha Jones is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Cambridge. She will talk about The Toba Supereruptioon project in general and her contributions to the project, including the study of stone tools.


Information about the project can be found at: http://toba.arch.ox.ac.uk/index.htm

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