The Natural History Museum is part of a large UK consortium investigating how our ancestors may have responded to rapid environmental changes in the recent past.
The Response of Humans to Abrupt Environmental Transitions (RESET) project is using microtephra (microscopic volcanic dust) to correlate European and circum-Mediterranean geological, environmental and archaeological events over the last 100,000 years.
This novel approach allows a much greater precision than has been possible with other dating methods.
The 5-year project began in 2008, funded by NERC.
The project will help answer questions about: