FREE LECTURE: Early Holocene Sea Change in Australia's north-west
Join us for the Anthropocene Sea Change Seminar Series talk with the UWA Oceans Institute as Jo McDonald from the UWA Centre for Rock Art Research + Management discusses recent research from Murujuga (the Dampier Archipelago).
Murujuga (the Dampier Archipelago) juts into the Indian Ocean on the Pilbara coast in Australia’s north-west. When people first started using this region 50,000 years ago, the coastline was more than 160km away. Murujuga rock art reveals the long-distance hypermobility of arid zone peoples at different times during its long occupation as well as differing human responses to major environmental changes through time. Recent archaeological work reveals that the period after the last Ice Age – as the sea level rose – was a period of intense human interactions, with hunter-gatherer villages and intensive rock art production being signs of increased social and population pressure. The engraved rock art of Murujuga provides a visual record for the entire human occupation of Australia’s north-west, up until the arrival of European explorers and north-American whalers in the early-mid 19th Century, and the Flying Foam Massacre in 1865. This seminar showcases recent findings from Murujuga: Dynamics of the Dreaming ARC Linkage project.
Jo McDonald is the Director of the Centre for Rock Art Research + Management at the University of Western Australia and holds the Rio Tinto Chair of Rock Art. She has studied the rock art of the Western Desert and Dampier Archipelago (Murujuga) for the last two decades. Jo was the Lead CI for the Murujuga: Dynamics of the Dreaming ARC Linkage Project, and is a CI on the Deep History of Sea Country ARC Project.
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