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Why do humans share food? To answer this question, we’ll go on a journey spanning half-a-million years to reconstruct the development of the human meal.

Is sharing food such an everyday, unremarkable occurrence? In fact, the human tendency to sit together peacefully over food is a rather extraordinary phenomenon, and one which most species find impossible or undesirable. So how did this strange and powerful behaviour come about?

Drawing on evidence from some meticulously recorded archaeological excavations, Martin Jones will explore how humans came to share food in the first place and how the human meal has evolved through time. Comparing meals shared in different millennia, he will also tackle the question posed by the title, and suggest why our species has gone down this unusual path.

In association with Oxford University Press


Professor Martin Jones | talks


Date and Time:

2 June 2008 at 7:00 pm


1 hour 30 minutes



Royal Institution
21 Albemarle Street
020 7409 2992

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