CAS Seminars 2020
UPDATE: With the current limitations to public gatherings, the CAS seminar series will be postponed. During this time we aim to bring you the series in a different format. When this has been organised we will update members via email and the public here. Thank you all for being patient and we hope that you stay safe, and follow public health guidelines during this time.
The CAS seminar Series is held throughout the year with the aim of promoting the research of professionals working in the region, or research about the region. A wide variety of seminars have been held over the years, presented by local aboriginal elders, consultants, independent researchers, and academics.
Recordings of some of the seminars are provided by the NMA through their Audio on demand feature HERE. You can find Dr Josephine Flood talking on the cultural riches of ancient south-east Australia, Ngunawal elder Wally Bell providing an aboriginal perspective on archaeology, Dr. Amy Way describing the archaeology of Lake George, Dr. Dougald O'Reilly sharing insights from the Plain of Jars in Laos and more!
The following is the list of seminars held throughout 2020:
The next upcoming seminar will be highlighted in blue
Wednesday, 26 February
Ralph Wilson Theatre Gorman House, from 6pm
Emeritus Prof. Bill Gammage - Australian National University
'The Biggest Estate on Earth'
1788, fire had two key purposes: to reduce fuel, and to protect species. Recent discussion has focussed on fuel reduction – understandably, since we are incapable of using fire to protect species. This talk will touch on both purposes, and some of the rules and methods used to implement them.
Sunday, 17 May
Online Webinar via Zoom, from 4pm
Dr Duncan Wright - Australian National University
The Archaeology of a Torres Strait Saga
Register for the Zoom webinar using the following link
You may have heard about the Icelandic Sagas, featuring Viking voyages, migrations and family feuds but did you know about the Sagas on your doorstep? In 2014, Western and Eastern Torres Strait Islanders recruited an archaeologist to excavate sites associated with Waiat. This wandering culture hero brought new knowledge to communities along a 240 km pathway spanning Papua New Guinea also western, central and eastern Torres Strait. In this lecture we explore a 130 year old saga and provide archaeological results from key sites along this trackway. We examine complex and transitioning rituals on Australia's northern border and discuss the important role mythology plays encoding human histories.