Professor Peter Veth
The Environmental Futures Research Institute and the Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research presents an ARCHE and PERAHU Public Lecture
Breaking the radiocarbon barrier? A critical assessment of the earliest dates and models for the settlement of Sahul
Our presenter has worked on the evolution of desert, maritime and symbolic capabilities of Indigenous people from Australia, the Torres Strait, the Aru Islands and East Timor. He has carried out collaborative excavations and dating programs on sites which (b)reach the "radiocarbon barrier' in the Kimberley, Western Desert and on the North West Shelf. He has critiqued the primary data and first round of publications from Madjedbebe, currently the earliest site with Human occupation in Australia, in recent reviews. As with his initial review of the stratigraphic association and dating of Homo floresiensis, in this talk he will outline the strengths (and limitations) of the case for Australian sites breaking the radiocarbon barrier. As evidence for early modern human art emerges from Africa and Spain it is time to reflect on the evidence and strategies being employed in Australia.
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