Happy 6000th Anniversary!

13th January 2014

Jack Golson

The following is a slightly edited and fully referenced version of my after-dinner address at the 1996 Annual Conference of AAA, held at Normanville, South Australia, which took Creation as its theme, in acknowledgement of the creation of the Earth in 4004 BC according to the reading of the available evidence by the 17th century divines, Archbishop Ussher and the Reverend Lightfoot. 

Introduction*

The last talk I gave to this Association (Golson 1993), a few days before my formal retirement, was at the Jindabyne conference of 1991, which was devoted to the Pleistocene archaeology of Australia, New Guinea and Island Melanesia. Mine was the final presentation on the final day and I looked upon it, mistakenly as it has turned out, as a sort of swan song. What I tried to do on that occasion was to look at the achievements of the previous 30 years in the Pleistocene archaeology of Australia and New Guinea in some sort of historical perspective. I was in particular concerned to consider the chronological difficulties that faced our predecessors before the advent of radiocarbon dating.

*Note that an abstract was not included with this paper, and so the introductory paragraph has been included here instead of the abstract.

Golson, J.
Happy 6000th Anniversary!
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