Speaking engagements – Knowledge and Power in Prehistoric Societies

I have been asked where people can hear me talk about indigenous memory systems and my theories about prehistoric monuments including Stonehenge. Knowledge and Power in Prehistoric Societies has only just been published by Cambridge University Press in the US and UK and is still a month or so away from being published here in Australia.

Saturday / Sunday 22-24 May 2015: Archaeology of Portable Objects SymposiumPrimary Orality and Portable Objects. Australian National University, Canberra.  An academic conference – already been and enjoyed immensely.

Friday 12 June 2015: Castlemaine Fields NaturalistsIndigenous knowledge of plants and animals: how do they remember so much stuff without a field guide?  Castlemaine Fields Nats. Write up on the presentation on the Connecting Country website. 7.30 pm.

Friday 3 July 2015: Launch, Knowledge and Power in Prehistoric Societies, LaTrobe University Bookroom, Bundoora. 12 midday.

Saturday 8 August  2015: Bendigo Writers Festival, Author, Knowledge and Power in Prehistoric Societies. Bendigo. Website: Bendigo Writers Festival.

Saturday, 15 August, Riddells Creek Landcare AGMHow did Aboriginal Australians manage their knowledge of plants and animals critical to their survival? What does this tell us about ancient monuments like Stonehenge?, Dromkeen, 1012 Gisborne-Kilmore Rd, Riddells Creek Vic, 3 pm.

Thursday, 10 September 2015: Castlemaine LibraryKnowledge and Power in Prehistoric Societies, 6 pm.

Wednesday, 16 September 2015: Kyneton FreethinkersKnowledge and Power in Prehistoric Societies, Albion Hotel meeting room, Kyneton.  7.30 pm.

Sunday, 20 September 2015: Newstead Science MattersWhy did the Neolithic Brits build Stonehenge? Newstead Community Centre. Details to follow.

Thursday, 8 October 2015: Kororoit Institute/Melbourne Emergence Special Public Meetup, University of Melbourne, The emergence of formal knowledge management systems in prehistory, more details to follow.

Friday – Sunday, 16-18 October 2015: Australian Skeptics National Convention, Memory spaces: adding rational intellect to Stonehenge, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane. Convention website and program is here.

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Author: lynne

I am an Honorary Researcher at LaTrobe University. I am the author of 19 books, the most recent being 'Spiders: learning to love them' (Allen & Unwin), 'Knowledge and Power in Prehistoric Societies' (Cambridge University Press, 'The Memory Code' (Allen & Unwin, AUS; Pegasus Books, US and Atlantic Books, UK), 'Memory Craft' (Allen & Unwin, AUS; Pegasus Books, US) [and foreign translations, audio versions and so on]. My latest book is co-authored by Margo Neale. 'Songlines: the power and promise' and published by Thames & Hudson with the National Museum of Australia.

2 thoughts on “Speaking engagements – Knowledge and Power in Prehistoric Societies”

  1. Considering that they have the molar pulp available from the Aimesbury Archer and other local burilas, its seems that this Stonehenge ‘documentary’ is really nothing new- and pretty much entirely the exact same “yawn”-inducing speculation that is common on any internet site as opposed scientifically valid data.The basic goal is to assert that Stonehenge is Pre-Beaker folk in origin, which seems possible given the actual Wood-built earlier structures on that site- but with the later stone site that we know as Stonehenge, the Beaker burial dates at the site seem to be right at the same general time the site was radio-carbon dated as being built.The only real argument against Beaker folk building the stone site is the lack of discarded worked metal tools at the site (with the exception of inside the Aimesbury Archer burilas themselves),and this is a totally unconvincing criteria because given the rarity of metal tools and worked metal even for Beaker folk at that time, it would be unlikely they would leave discarded metal tools beneath megalith stones to be found in the 21st cetury.. when they still needed the tools. Also the site has been pilfered and torn down over millenia, and some items have certainly been excavated or discovered.All in all, without any DNA data from the Aimesbury burilas, its a essentially worthless effort of no actual value, and pure conjecture that is pure speculation and nothing new, at very best.

    1. Thank you, Agus. That’s an interesting comment.

      I haven’t included much about the Beaker people because they arrive in Britain about 500 years after the initial stone / post circle at Stonehenge. My ideas relate particularly to the very early phase.

      I think the relationship of the Beaker people to the later passes is a really interesting line of research. I am not sure what documentary you are referring to, but I agree that some ‘new’ documentaries offer very little that is new.

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