2014 Tom Austen Brown Lecture
20 August, 2014
6.00 PM - 7.30 PM
2014 TOM AUSTEN BROWN LECTURE
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ARCHAEOLOGISTS EXPLORE CHANGING CULTURE IN ANCIENT AUSTRALIA.
Prof. Peter Hiscock
University of Sydney
6.00-7.30, Wednesday August 20 2014
General Lecture Theatre 1 (GLT1), Quadrangle
Department of Archaeology
The history of human occupation of Australia is a history of change and adaptation. Aboriginal culture was not fixed and inflexible. It was not a single culture that had always been as it was in the nineteenth century. In fact from its origins more than fifty thousand years ago the culture of Aboriginal people changed regularly and significantly. We see these changes documented in the archaeological record, as the location of occupation, the types of tools created, the remains of food eaten and the kinds of art painted were repeatedly altered. Even in the last few thousand years we can document major shifts in life ways as people adjusted to climate change, introduced animals, and new social imperatives. This talk will introduce you to the unexpected and surprising discoveries that have been made about those ancient life ways, and describe the diversity of ways archaeologists have sought to understand that past.
PETER HISCOCK is the Inaugural Tom Austen Brown Professor of Australian Archaeology at the University of Sydney. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London, and a Research Associate of the Australian Museum.
The lecture is free and open to the public. No booking necessary.