Geoff Bailey Public Lecture: Dynamic Landscapes, Sea-Level Change and Human Evolution

27 April, 2016

Human life on this planet has evolved amidst a tumult of more or less rapid geological changes – earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, sea-level changes, and earth deformation at plate boundaries and in rifts, changes that continue to affect our present livelihood and our future prospects.  In this lecture, I will examine the intimate relationship between geological instabilities and the human evolutionary trajectory, with particular emphasis on sea-level change and the submerged landscapes that have persisted for most of human existence, the powerful and often beneficial impact they have had in shaping our evolutionary origins and subsequent dispersal across the globe, and the challenges they now pose for new investigations of the archaeological record on land and under water.

Geoff Bailey is currently Anniversary Professor of Archaeology at the University of York, has world-wide interests and field experience in coastal prehistory and the evolution of terrestrial landscapes, including a formative spell of PhD research on Australian shell mounds, and has run major projects in Greece, Australia, the UK and, most recently, in Saudi Arabia.

This lecture is sponsored by the Tom Austen Brown Endowment.

Location: New Law Lecture Theatre 026 The University of Sydney

Contact:Dr Julie-Ann Robson
Phone:+61 2 9351 2759