Uni of Melbourne Postgrad Student Lectures Marcia Nugent & Antonio Gonzalez
Thursday, 19 September 2013 from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm (AEST)
San Francisco, California, USA
London, United Kingdom
University of Melbourne Postgraduate Students
“Botanic Motifs of the Bronze Age Cycladic Islands: Identity, Belief, Ritual and Trade”
This paper briefly outlines research analysing over five hundred botanic motifs decorating wall paintings and pottery from the Bronze Age sites of three islands in the Aegean Sea – Melos (Phylakopi), Kea (AyiaIrini) and Thera/Santorini (Akrotiri ). The multi-leveled contextual research reveals some interesting clues as to the sense of identity, belief, ritual and value held by the people who created and looked at the motifs.
“Rethinking heritage. Landscape iconoclasm in the Burrup Peninsula (Western Australia)”
Considered by some archaeologists to be the largest rock art site in the world, the Dampier Archipelago (located in Western Australia) contains up to one million prehistoric petroglyphs. Since the 1960s a number of companies have established themselves in what is known as the Burrup Peninsula, the largest island in the archipelago. Not surprisingly, this action has brought the destruction of Aboriginal petroglyphs, thought to date back to 25,000 years BP. My aim is to explain the destruction and neglect of petroglyphs as a natural response of European colonizers in the 19th century towards prehistoric art, and later on, by postcolonial attitudes that heavily influenced the mismanagement of this intangible and tangible cultural heritage. Likewise, the concept of heritage is critically analysed and its true scope to manage, preserve and assess Aboriginal heritage in a postcolonial setting like Western Australia.
When & Where
Archaeological & Anthropological Society of Victoria (AASV)
The Archaeological and Anthropological Society of Victoria was formed in 1976 through the amalgamation of two societies, the Anthropological Society of Victoria and the Archaeological Society of Victoria. Although one was formed 30 years before the other both owed their origin to inspiring lectures given by singularly gifted academic lecturers to what were largely non-academic audiences. Both lecturers were on the staff of the University of Melbourne but stimulated the enthusiasm of people outside the university community.
The AASV welcomes members from all walks of life: professional archaeologists and anthropologists, students, and interested laypeople. We hold monthly meetings with free lectures covering a wide range of topics from the broad disciplines of archaeology and anthropology, and we offer a range of activities including fieldtrips and the opportunity to participate on archaeological digs. While the Pacific region has a special place in the work of the Society, lectures cover a wide range of topics and regions across the world. Links with the University of Melbourne, LaTrobe University and Monash are strong with both staff and students regularly speaking to the society about their work.