April 29 @ 6:00 pm Melbourne, Australia time.
A fascinating public lecture which follows Dr Damien Finch’s research journey to identify the ages of some of Australia’s oldest rock paintings.
Damien has undertaken the most comprehensive research to date of mud wasp nests over and under rock art. The recent findings have been the subject of global media attention. His dating technique recently confirmed a two metre long rock painting of a kangaroo deep in a northeast Kimberley rock shelter on Balanggarra Country was painted around 17,300 years ago – dating back more than 600 generations!
Damien is a Postdoctoral Researcher in the School of Earth Sciences and a member of the ARC and RAA-funded Rock Art Dating project.
Professor Moira O’Bryan, Dean of the Faculty of Science will open the lecture, and Associate Professor Michael-Shawn Fletcher will highlight the work of the University’s Indigenous Knowledge Institute. We are also honoured to feature an introduction from Kwini Traditional Owner Ian Waina, who worked with the researchers throughout their time on Country.