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Brief Response with Dr. Neil Bockoven

Brief Response with Dr. Neil Bockoven

Were the Neanderthals Cannibals?

Strong evidence of Paleolithic to Bronze Age cannibalism has been found in at least 18 widely dispersed archaeological sites in Europe of cannibalism. Lower and Middle Paleolithic (Neanderthal and older) cannibalism accounts for about half of these, but homo sapiens also ate each other. Did they all practice cannibalism for nutrition, ritual or war purposes?

Dr Neil Bockoven is an award-winning PhD geologist who earned his doctorate in geoscience from the University of Texas at Austin. He is the author of The People Eaters and Moctu and the Mammoth People and presenter of Paleo Human Mysteries.

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Brief Response with Dr. Evans Lansing

Dr. Evans Lansing discusses the Arthurian Myths

Dr Evans Lansing Smith, the chair of Mythological Studies at Pacifica Graduate Institute discussing Joseph Campbell’s new book:  Romance of the Grail: The Magic and Mystery of Arthurian Myth. Calling the Arthurian romances the world’s first “secular mythology,” Campbell found metaphors in them for human stages of growth, development, and psychology. Dr Lansing Smith discusses how the Arthurian myths opened the world of comparative mythology to Campbell, turning his attention to the Near and Far Eastern roots of myth as well as Campbell's theses, The Dolorous Stroke.

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