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Lunchtime Lecture: The Hoax and the Hunterian; Piltdown Man and Sir Arthur Keith

Join us for another fascinating Lunchtime Lecture, as UCL's Professor Dean explores the connection between the Piltdown Hoax and the Hunterian Museum.

In 1912, amateur archaeologist Charles Dawson boldly claimed to have discovered the fossil remains of the earliest humans in England. The skull and jawbone that he presented to the Geological Society of London contradicted our understanding of human evolution and caused a stir in the scientific community for decades until it was finally exposed as a hoax in 1953. Join us on the 75th anniversary of the day that Hunterian Museum conservator Sir Arthur Keith unveiled a memorial celebrating ‘the scene of Dawson’s discovery’ and discover how the museum’s collections featured prominently in the debates that followed.

Lectures last approximately 45 mins plus time for questions.

Live speech-to-text for deaf and hard of hearing visitors delivered by STAGETEXT

£4 (Booking is essential on 020 7869 6568)


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Date and Time:

23 July 2013 at 1:00 pm


1 hour



Hunterian Museum, London
The Royal College of Surgeons of England
35-43 Lincoln's Inn Fields
020 7869 6560

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