Ancient art and modern Australians: evidence for continuity in an Aboriginal knowledge system

Cole, Noelene (2012) Ancient art and modern Australians: evidence for continuity in an Aboriginal knowledge system. In: Clottes, Jean, (ed.) L’Art Pléistocène dans le Monde. IFRAO 2010: Proceedings of the 2010 International Federation of Rock Art Organizations: L’art Pléistocène dans le monde . Bulletin de la Société Préhistorique Ariège-Pyrénées, pp. 1023-1035.

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Abstract

Two absolute dating methods have been used in south-central Cape York Peninsula to date pre-Historic rock art –dating of rock art materials by association with stratified deposits and AMS 14C dating of rock surface accretions. A body of published research indicates a long sequence of Aboriginal rock art and the occasional survival of late Pleistocene art in rock shelters. This paper 1) outlines the contexts of, and evidence for, enduring art practice in the region from the late Pleistocene to the modern period and 2) discusses some of the general features and implications of the data. Contrary to reports of cultural distance between purportedly "old" rock art and modern Aboriginal people, research in the Laura region points to the ongoing relevance of ancient art.

Item ID: 31910
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
Keywords: Cape York Peninsula; rock art; radiocarbon dating; Laura
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ISBN: 987-2-9531148-3-6
Date Deposited: 27 Oct 2014 00:38
FoR Codes: 21 HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 2101 Archaeology > 210101 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Archaeology @ 70%
21 HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 2101 Archaeology > 210102 Archaeological Science @ 30%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9503 Heritage > 950302 Conserving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage @ 50%
95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950503 Understanding Australias Past @ 50%
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