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by jraffan
posted 17/08/2014

‘Ancient Australia Unearthed’ and ’50 Objects: 50 Stories’ – Arts Monday 18 August 2014

Archaeological Tales and Testimony

Archaeological Tales and Testimony

ArtiFacts Eastside: Archaeological Tales and Testimony

Join me, Jane Raffan, for a program on Archaeology, in particular, two fabulous Australian books:

Ancient Australia Unearthed, a new text written for the Australian history curriculum, is an accessible history book written through the lens of archaeology that “traces the evidence etched into the skin of this country to unearth the rich and complex history of this unique island continent”.

And 50 Object: 50 Stories, which focuses on the remarkable collection of Australia’s premier archaeological museum, the Nicholson.

I’ll be chatting with Alethea Kinsela, archaeologist, teacher and author of Ancient Australia Unearthed about Australia’s ancient history, traced in the book through to the present via archaeological research engaging  with our Indigenous cultures and touching on research methodologies and evidence from many disciplines, including anthropology (oral histories), paleoclimatology, geology and ecology.

You’ll also hear from Michael Turner, Senior Curator of the Nicholson Museum, University of Sydney, about 50 Objects 50 Stories. As the museum notes, 50 Objects 50 Stories is not about the most important, or the most beautiful things in the Nicholson Museum. It’s about objects with a story to tell. Objects tell many stories, and tall tales too, and Michael will introduce a cast of characters from, and tales about the museum and its collection, with a few surprises!

More about:

50 Objects: 50 Stories http://sydney.edu.au/museums/publications/index.shtml#nicholson_publications

And on the ABC http://www.abc.net.au/arts/blog/extraordinary-curiosities-nicholson-museum-120704/default.htm

Ancient Australia Unearthed http://www.ancientaustralia.com.au/

And the music? Avant-garde and modern jazz exploring the roots/music of ancient cultures.

I look forward to your company, 10:30 to noon.

Jane Raffan


These and all Jane’s interviews can be replayed via our program guide for four weeks from the date of broadcast.