The social life of caves: a new archaeological-geomorphological approach, with examples from France and Aboriginal Australia
12 MARCH 2014
Abstract: Caves and rockshelters are a key component of the archaeological record but are often regarded as natural places conveniently exploited by human communities. Archaeomorphological study shows however that they are not inert spaces but have frequently been modified by the actions of people, sometimes in ways that imply a strong symbolic significance. Bruno David will discuss how a team of researchers has developed an integrated archaeological and geomorphological approach that can reveal how the material fabric of caves and rock-shelters has been shaped, and re-shaped, through social engagement. He will explore the history of the material space, or of elements within it, at Chauvet Cave in France and Nawarla Gabarnmang rockshelter in Australia. Deep within Chauvet Cave, fallen blocks were moved into position to augment the natural structure known as The Cactus, while at Nawarla Gabarnmang, blocks were removed from the ceiling and supporting pillars removed and discarded down the talus slope. These are hence not ‘natural’ places, but modified and socially constructed, and highlight how even apparently materially set places have human histories that can be systematically investigated.
Dr Bruno David holds an Australian Research Council Discovery Outstanding Researcher Award.
The Paleo Diet: the struggle for food security between Indigenous and non-indigenous Australians
Wednesday 3rd September 2014 , 2pm to 3pm Monash Indigenous Centre Library Building 55 level … Continue reading The Paleo Diet: the struggle for food security between Indigenous and non-indigenous Australians
Indigenous Australian astronomy – Dr Duane W. Hamacher
Wednesday 27th August 2014, 2pm to 3pm Monash Indigenous Centre LibraryBuilding 55 level 2. Clayton … Continue reading Indigenous Australian astronomy – Dr Duane W. Hamacher
‘Factotum and Friend’: Two Central Australian case studies in ethnographic encounter and exchange
Wednesday 20th August, 2pm to 3pm. Monash Indigenous Centre Library, Building 55 level 2. Clayton Campus. Mickey Akwerre Pengarte Dow Dow was a Northern Arrernte man born at Harry Creek, Central Australia around 1856. Dow Dow had been present when Spencer and Gillen documented Arrernte ceremonies at Alice Springs in the summer of 1896. In the 1930s he produced detailed illustrations in order to explain complex Arrernte beliefs to another budding anthropologist, Olive Muriel Pink. Dow Dow’s career as an ‘informant’ continued when he met the young linguist and ethnographer T.G.H. Strehlow in 1932 and went on to share details of the mythologies and ritual of his traditional lands.
Fear and Assuagement: representations and engagement of First Peoples in national museum spaces.
Dr Sandy O’Sullivan.
Wednesday 16th April, 2pm to 3pm.
Monash Indigenous Centre Library,
Building 55 level 2. Clayton Campus
Working in New Guinea – updates on Archaeology
Wednesday 9th April, 2pm to 3pm. The seminar will present a personal overview of working in Papua New Guinea, through looking at the role of Government institutions to the critical nature of local community involvement and the importance of doing good and responsible archaeology. I will present updates on two projects.
Reporting on the environment – science communication of complex issues
Wed 2 April, 2-3pm. Monash Indicgenous Centre Library. Professor Kate Auty (La Trobe University School of Business and Law); Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability Victoria, formerly Chair of the Ministerial
Reflections on a disputed past – Seminar
WEDNESDAYS 2-3 PM
Elizabeth Eggleston Library, Building 55, Room 204 (level 2)
The next Seminar will be:
26 MARCH 2014
Reflections on a disputed past: a reconsideration of the 19th century ethnographic works of James and Isabella Dawson and E.M. Curr.