• Question: @dave how important is your research and how much have you benefited from this research

    Asked by nine351end to Helen, Farah, Dave, Cheryl, Bastian, Alun on 19 Jun 2019.
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      Dave Underhill answered on 19 Jun 2019:

      well, I think it is important obviously or I wouldn’t do it 🙂

      The truth is though that not many people really care about the finer points of South African Stone Age typologies (my present work) – typology being a method of classifying things – but I have made some waves and hope that it will push on our understanding of the origin of our Species – the artefacts I have been studying are thought to date to the point at which our species evolved from earlier Homo erectus (c.300,000 years ago) – and in one of the areas where it was believed to have evolved (southern Africa). So the archaeology these creatures left behind has the potential to tell us much about the fundamental nature of the human condition – what it means to be human.

      I personally have benefited as the process of scientific thought has helped me to rationalise my own illnesses, I have developed a real passion for my subject which gives me a drive and a focus and my research has introduced me to so many wonderful people i am honored to now call friends.