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Date(s) - 18/02/2016
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Social Sciences Lecture Room 1 (G28)

“Ochre pigments and symbolic artefacts in the Swabian Jura: A case study of the relationships between hominins, ochre materials, and early symbolic expression in the Middle and Upper Palaeolithic of Europe”

Presented by Elizabeth Velliky, PhD Candidature Presentation

One of the most significant questions in archaeology asks when hominins started to exhibit characteristics of “modern” behaviour, such as complex syntactical language, abstract thinking, planning depth, behavioral, technological and economical innovativeness, and symbolic behavior. This has led inquiry into the ways that hominins interacted with materials and the methods behind acquiring and utilising them. One such material is a mineral pigment called red ochre, and the manipulation of this single material type has been used for theoretical inquiry into the aspects of modern behaviours. The proposed research will explore the ways in hominins interacted with red ochre in the Swabian Jura of southwest Germany during the Middle and Upper Palaeolithic, in order to explore the larger questions of the origins of symbolic behaviour modernity in humans and Neanderthals.

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