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Lecture title: Bones, Stones, Genes … and Mud: testing hypotheses of climatic change and human origins

Offaly Historical Society lecture,  Thursday April 24, 2014 at 8pm  at Offaly History Centre, Bury Quay Tullamore


Lecture summary:

In this talk, Dr Lamb review current evidence for the emergence of modern humans in Africa, and their subsequent dispersal across the globe. He attempt to show how long lake-sediment records may help explain how ice-age climatic changes played a key role in this process, driving the physical, social and cultural evolution of our species. Dr Lamb will include examples from his recent work in Ethiopia, especially a 250,000 year palaeoenvironmental record from Lake Tana, the source of the Blue Nile, and planned research in the Rift valley of southern Ethiopia.

Henry Lamb, a native of Clara, Co Offaly, has researched the environmental history of Ethiopia for nearly 20 years, working from cores of lake sediments from many parts of that diverse country. His work on Lake Tana, the source of the Blue Nile, showed that drought in the Ethiopian highlands almost certainly caused the Nile to cease flowing 17,000 years ago.   His current interest focuses on deciphering the ways in which climate change in East Africa may have influenced the emergence of early humans.

 

This is a public lecture and all are welcome.  Members €2. Non-members €5. The contribution is optional.

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Engage 2013 Patrick StreetEngage with Architecture 2013; Mapping Towns : Patrick St. Tullamore

This project is a result of co-operation with OHAS, Transition year students of Tullamore College and Kenny Lyons and Associates Architects.

The main aim of the project was to survey the levels of occupancy of Patrick Street and to consider the results with the proposals on how to improve Patrick Street streets-cape. Check out the findings!

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