Charles t. g. Clarke

Charles hails from Longford in the midlands of Ireland. From an early age, he developed an interest in general knowledge which morphed into Archaeology. He graduated with a B.Sc. In Applied Archaeology at the Institute of Technology Sligo, in 2011. His dissertation involved a class of Neolithic monument called an earthen embanked enclosure - the Irish equivalent of a henge. One module - World Archaeology - would determine his future however. After being introduced to Australopithecines, he was hooked ever since. In 2012, he graduated with an M.Sc. In Palaeoanthropology and Palaeolithic Archaeology at the UCL Institute of Archaeology and Department of Anthropology. His masters dissertation focused upon specie-level signatures of mandibular 2nd molars around 2 million years of age. Now out of academia, he hopes to return and pursue a PhD. He maintains the Cennathis Youtube Channel, Blog, Podcast, Twitter and Facebook pages. He currently lives in the city of London, UK.

The Maxilla of Kent’s Cavern: A Dating Controversy

The site of Kent’s Cavern is one of the most important early archaeological sites in the United Kingdom and caused a heated debate between palaeoanthropologists over the age of the KC4 fragment of human jaw in 2011. In 2017, a team of archaeologists re-assessed the archaeological sediments.

The Taung Child and Infamous Piltdown Hoax

On the 18th of December 1912, amateur archaeologist Charles Dawson announced the discovery of the infamous Piltdown bones to the Royal Geological Society. Contrary to popular opinion and in keeping with the scientific process, the scientific community were very sceptical of the discovery. That didn’t stop tabloid journalism from exaggerating and embellishing the discovery for a patriotic and nationalistic British public.

Hadar, Ethiopia: History of a Famous Palaeoanthropological Region

The decade of the 1970’s will be remembered for a long time to come as a paradigm altering time in hominin evolutionary research and much was attributable to the 1974 discovery of A.L. 288-1, known to most by the nickname “Lucy”. For most of us who work in palaeoanthropology, the story of how this partial skeleton was found has been covered to death in books and articles countless times.

The Upper Palaeolithic Beads of Aquitaine

The Upper Palaeolithic is best understood period of the Old Stone Age, beginning shortly after the extinction of Homo neanderthalensis and the encroachment of the new hominin Homo sapiens from Africa into Europe.

Hominin STD Clinic – How disease can shed light on the migration of our ancient ancestors

As our ancient ancestors and cousins evolved many infectious diseases evolved with them. Many of these pathogens have short unpleasant moments in our bodies today, there are some which once contracted remain with us for life.

Homo neanderthalensis – A Misunderstood Hominin Species

The science of Palaeoanthropology is an ever-changing field with advances in technology and the discovery of fresh evidence allowing interpretational change.