Archaeologist Iain Davidson talks about early art in Europe and Australia

Archaeologist Iain Davidson will give a seminar at UNE on Friday morning on the Palaeolithic art of Western Europe and the rock art of Australia.

Emeritus Professor Davidson has worked on early art for nearly 30 years. In this lecture, he will focus on how signs, symbols, and storytelling in secular and ritual contexts lead to what we consider art today.

Professor Davidson has worked in Archaeology at UNE since 1974. He has worked on Spanish Upper Palaeolithic, Australian rock art, colonization of Sahul, language origins and cognitive evolution. He is now researching the Queensland Native Mounted Police. He has worked with 10 Aboriginal groups in three states, and consulted for BHP, Rio Tinto, Woodside, and Glencore.

Publications include four books, seven edited volumes, 60+ chapters in books, and 80+ articles in journals.  He has been a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Humanities since 1994, and was awarded the Rhys Jones Medal of the Australian Archaeological Association in 2010.

The UNE Humanities Research Seminar “Signs, pictures, art, marks” will be held at the Oorala lecture theatre, Oorala centre, from 9.30 to 10.30am on Friday May 18, followed by morning tea in the Humanities tea room.

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