Palimpsests, time perspectives and the problem of missing data: Where next? Event as iCalendar

(Anthropology, School of Social Sciences)

07 April 2016

4 - 5:30pm

Venue: Anthropology Tea Room

Location: Room 802, HSB (201-802)

Geoff Bailey, The University of York

Most archaeological field evidence represents concentrations of materials in particular locations or particular regions, forming clumps of evidence separated by large gaps in space and time, and at every spatio-temporal scale from the individual "site" to the global prehistoric record. The causes of such patterning are the source of much debate, but the patterns almost certainly do not reflect in any simple way the distribution of past people or past activities, let alone developmental or evolutionary trajectories. I shall reflect on these issues, and what we can do about them, drawing on a variety of field examples encompassing Australian and Arabian shell mounds, Greek caves and rockshelters and African lithics.

Geoff Bailey holds the Anniversary Chair of Archaeology at the University of York, and is currently Hood Fellow in the Auckland Department. He has world-wide interests and field experience in coastal prehistory and the evolution of terrestrial landscapes, with recent projects in Saudi Arabia, the East African Rift and Australia. He is Principal Investigator on the European Research Council Advanced Project DISPERSE, and Chair of an EU-funded international research network on Submerged Prehistoric Landscapes and Archaeology of the Continental Shelf (SPLASHCOS).