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Origins of the Afro comb Project

Places are limited so please book in advance with the Box Office on 0115 846 7777. A series of FREE talks and handling sessions that focuses on current archaeological work. These talks allow professional archaeologists, related specialists and community groups to share their exciting work with us as it is happening and include local, regional, national and international projects. Following a successful special exhibition at the Fitzwilliam Museum and Museum of Archaeology in Cambridge, the curator Sally-Ann Ashton will present a talk on a community-focused project examining the history and meaning of hair combs in Africa and amongst the African Diaspora. From Ancient Egyptian burials to the emergence of the 'Afro' comb during the time of the Black Power Movement, this talk will cover over 6000 years of history and will consider what the Afro comb means to people today. Dr Sally-Ann Ashton, Assistant Keeper of Antiquities at the Fitzwilliam Museum. Following the talk there will also be an opportunity to look at a selection of combs from the 20th century.