Tracing Symbolic Behaviour Across the Southern Arc
This presentation traces early expressions of symbolic behaviour – rock art, personal ornaments, occurrences of ochre, notational pieces and mortuary practices – across the southern arc dispersal route of modern humans out of Africa to Sahul, from some 70-60,000 years ago. It will outline the pattern of the appearance of these aspects of behavior at sites along the southern arc. These results will be explored within the demographic, social and symbolic framework that was proposed by Habgood and Franklin to account for geographical and chronological patterning observed in the "package" of traits reflecting modern human behaviour in Sahul.
About the Presenter
Phil has extensive fieldwork experience in Australia, Spain and the Middle East and ongoing research interests in the Neanderthals and the origin of modern humans, Australian archaeology, especially the Pleistocene period, the Neolithic and Chalcolithic periods in the Middle East and the appearance of modern human behaviour within the archaeological record. Currently he works with Aboriginal groups throughout Queensland assisting them in protecting their cultural heritage.
Phil is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Centre for Rock Art Research and Management, University of Western Australia, an Honorary Research Fellow within the School of Social Science, University of Queensland and a Senior Archaeologist with ARCHAEO Cultural Heritage Services. He is a Full Member of the Australian Association of Consulting Archaeologists Inc. and a Member of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies.