Myths and origins: Piltdown Man’s cricket bat

This event has finished Took place on: Wednesday, 22nd Nov 2017

In 1912, in the midst of a wet cricketing season, a surprising archaeological find was unearthed in a Sussex gravel pit. Piltdown Man seemed to be the find of the century: a Darwinian missing link. Dubbed the ‘first Englishman’, he was even found buried with an elephant bone tool that looked suspiciously like a cricket bat.

In this lecture historian and keen cricketer Tom Holland explores the case of Piltdown Man. One of history’s greatest hoaxes, what can this case tell us about myths of national identity, our desire to explore our origins, and the mythic power of cricket itself?

One for fans of history, archaeology, cricket or all of the above – this talk is followed by a wine reception.

Cost: Free of Charge


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2017-11-22 2017-11-22 Europe/London Myths and origins: Piltdown Man’s cricket bat Tom Holland explores the case of Piltdown Man, one of history’s greatest hoaxes. https://www.ianvisits.co.uk/calendar/2017/11/22/myths-and-origins-piltdown-mans-cricket-bat-158699 Senate House,Malet Street,,London

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