Category Archives: Knowledge and Power in Prehistoric Societies

Launch – Knowledge and Power in Prehistoric Societies

The launch date of my book has been set. Exciting times ahead. Knowledge and Power in Prehistoric Societies: orality, memory and the transmission of culture will be launched: On: Friday 3 July, 2015, 12 midday. At: LaTrobe University Co-op Bookshop … Continue reading

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Primary orality and portable objects

I am presenting a paper, Primary orality and portable objects, at the Archaeology of Portable Art conference at the Australian National University in Canberra, 23rd – 24th May 2015. The program looks fantastic – Click on the above image or here. I’ll … Continue reading

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It’s finished – a strange feeling of loss

I have sent back the page proofs. I have done the last correction. After seven years of nurturing my baby every day, there is nothing more I can do. The book is now completely under the control of Cambridge University … Continue reading

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Archaeological interpretation needs to include knowledge systems

I am not denying that ancient people, like many modern people, believed in lots of superstitions. What I am arguing as loudly as I can is that they wouldn’t have survived without a massive store of practical information. All my … Continue reading

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That wonderful moment when the book is real

It is the moment that I see a book’s cover that I know it is real and all the work has been worth it. I don’t have an advance copy yet, but Cambridge University Press have put it on Amazon … Continue reading

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Why rituals and belief? Why not knowledge?

I guess this is going to be my hobby horse over the next few years: Why are enigmatic objects always associated with ‘beliefs’ and nebulous ‘rituals’? Why not knowledge? Past Horizons is an archaeological journal often reporting very interesting finds. … Continue reading

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