• Date and time: Tuesday 8 June 2021, 1pm to 2pm
  • Location: Online
  • Admission: Free admission, booking required

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Event details

Why do we feel emotions like compassion or sympathy and why do we feel such joy in social connection? Find out how archaeological evidence helps us to reconstruct how our ‘better natures’ developed in the distant past.

Through a series of talks and discussion, University of York archaeologists will explore topics including compassion, healthcare, inclusivity, attachment and dance.    


This event is hosted live on Zoom Webinar and you’ll receive a link to join a couple of days before it takes place. During the event, you can ask questions via a Q&A function but audience cameras and microphones will remain muted throughout.

Image credit: Friends by Sewon Park from the Noun Project


Book sales

You can buy copies of many of our speakers’ books from Fox Lane Books, a local independent bookseller and Festival partner.  In some cases, author signed bookplates are available too.   

About the speaker

Dr Penny Spikins is a Senior Lecturer in the Archaeology of Human Origins at the University of York. Her research interests include the evolution of human social emotions (such as empathy, sympathy and gratitude) and the relationships between such emotions and material things. She has published several books on this topic including How Compassion Made Us Human.


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