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LACIS | An Ice Age Art Gallery in Amazonia?

October 5, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Presented (via Zoom) by Jose Iriarte and Ella Al-Shamahi. Jose Iriarte is a Professor of Archaeology at the Department of Archaeology, University of Exeter. Ella Al-Shamahi is a palaeoanthropologist, TV presenter and stand-up comic. Moderated by Dr. German Palacio, Tinker Visting Professor.
Rock art has played a significant role in Pleistocene archaeology. Depictions of the large Ice Age mammals have accompanied the earliest archaeological contexts across all continents, revealing a fundamental interrelationship between early humans and megafauna during the global human expansion as unfamiliar landscapes were humanised and identities built into new territories.
I summarise the work of the ERC LASTJOURNEY in north-western South America, emphasising the findings from our recent excavations in the Colombian Amazon. I also examine the implications of our findings for understanding the early human history of South America.