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It is an exciting time in the archaeology of Aboriginal Australia. From the possibility of initial settlement 65,000 years ago, to the discovery of the earliest polished stone axe, rock art as old or older than the cave paintings in Europe, and the potential evidence for Aboriginal agriculture, the field is a dynamic one, with new discoveries appearing regularly. At the same time, for Aboriginal people, archaeology is tied up deeply with questions of respect, identity, and recognition.
For this Sydney Ideas lecture, we bring together two professional archaeologists who come to the field from different perspectives to talk about the “state of the art” in Aboriginal archaeology, from both scientific and Indigenous perspectives, and to discuss how the field might develop in the future.
This event is part of National Archeology Week 2018. For more information please visit this website.
This event was held at the University of Sydney on Tuesday 22 May 2018.
Image (at top): the rock art panel at Yankee Hat, in Namadgi National Park, ACT