Vic: A Pint of Archaeology


Event Details


Join the archaeologists from La Trobe University for a drink and a series of short talks on topics such as our earliest human ancestors in Africa, Indigenous Australian paleodiets, and the archaeology of UNESCO World Heritage sites in Nepal and the Pacific Islands. This is a rare chance to hear archaeological specialists speak on their current research and is an opportunity not to be missed!

Places are limited, so please book ahead of time to confirm your place.

  • Journey of our ancestors: Where did we come from and how did we get here? (Dr Matt Meredith Williams)  This talk provides a brief overview of the migration of our ancestors from their origins in Africa, across the world. We will look at some of the big questions – What did their world look like? Did they meet other species of human? Were they seafarers? We will draw on research from expeditions to Africa, diving in the Red Sea, and the latest research from across the globe.
  • The ‘real’ Australian Palaeodiet: 60,000 years in the making (Dr Jillian Garvey)  Indigenous Australians have been utilising native plants and animals for millennia. While there has been research on Australian plants, we know little about the role of animals. This talk will discuss recent experimental research on modern native animals which is assisting us in understanding how people may have used animals in the past, and also how we might incorporate more native animals into the modern Australian diet.
  • Digging Religion: Archaeological investigations in the Natal Landscape of Buddhism (Dr Keir Strickland)  The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Lumbini, Nepal, is widely recognised as the birthplace of Siddhartha Gautama – the historic Buddha.  Over the past two decades, archaeological investigations by an international team have shed new light on the early life of Siddhartha Gautama, as well as upon the roots of Buddhism itself.  This talk examines the unique opportunities that this archaeological landscape offers in studying the emergence and development of one of the world’s major religions.
  • Pacific Island Archaeology and World Heritage (Dr Anita Smith)  For many people archaeology and World Heritage = pyramids and Roman ruins. In the Pacific Island nations most World Heritage sites are also archaeological sites.  In my research as an archaeologist and advisor to UNESCO’s Pacific World Heritage program I work with local communities to map and record these sites for World Heritage nominations. The sites reflect the long and diverse histories of Pacific Island societies, their capacity to thrive on small and remote islands and their resilience in the face of changing climate and rising sea levels.

Presented by: La Trobe University/La Trobe Archaeological Society

Date: 23 May 2018

Time: 6-8pm (followed by dinner, at cost of participants)

Location: The Alderman, 134 Lygon Street, Brunswick East

Contact: Emmy Frost elfrost@students.latrobe.edu.au