Dr Jillian Huntley
The use of pigments has been a constant part of the cultural lives of indigenous peoples across Australia. For more than 60,000 years Aboriginal peoples have selected, collected, processed and used ochres which have survived harsh environmental conditions to be among the few materials found throughout Australia's archaeological records, from the most ancient through to the most recent assemblages. This seminar will use the archaeometric study of pigments as a jumping-off point to discuss the lessons I have learned through consultation and collaboration with indigenous colleagues on archaeopigment projects across the continent.
The seminar will be 10-11:30am followed by a networking lunch and a chance to meet staff and students engaged in Aboriginal cultural heritage/archaeology research. We will provide an overview of the breadth of current projects and the diverse expertise at Griffith. Those interested in pursuing graduate studies in this field are particularly encouraged to come along!