The Agriculture and Anthropology Section organised the following events at recent British Science Festivals:


  • The ape that stood up (organised with University of Birmingham)
  • Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your feet (organised with Vindolanda)
  • Ancient people of the Midlands (fieldtrip)
  • The archaeology, geology and geography of the Ironbridge Gorge (fieldtrip, organised with the Geology and Geography Sections)


  • At home with Ice Age hunters
  • Unearthing a Shakespearean villain: the life and death of Richard III

President: Dr Matthew Pope, University College London
Outgoing President: Susannah Thorpe, University of Birmingham

: Fiona Coward, Bournemouth University
I am an archaeologist whose work focuses on the multidisciplinary study of the evolution of human social life and cognition. I’m interested in how and why humans were able to scale up their social lives from the very small social groups we lived in for much of our prehistory to the global social networks which characterise people’s lives today. Within this broad area I am interested in the relationship between physical and social environments during human evolution, and on the social changes which formed part of the shift from mobile hunting and gathering to settled village life in the early Near East. I am particularly interested in the role material culture plays in these processes.