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Where worlds collide: Australia’s epic story and the human history of the Kimberley

Friday, 03 May 2019 10.30am to Friday, 03 May 2019 11.30am

Venue: Domain Theatre
Lecturer: Professor Bert Roberts

Genomic studies suggest that Aboriginal Australians are the descendants of people that left Africa more than 60,000 years ago, with archaeological evidence of occupation of the Kimberley extending back more than 50 millennia. The region boasts some of world’s oldest-surviving rock art and Aboriginal languages but many fundamental questions remain, such as when, how rapidly and by which routes these pioneers spread through Indonesia and arrived in the Kimberley, and how they responded to the challenges and opportunities of the new environments encountered on their journey.

In this lecture, Distinguished Professor Bert Roberts will explore what we know about these Kimberley trailblazers and their contemporaries to the north (Indonesia) and east (Arnhem Land), and how the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage (CABAH), with which the KFA has close links, aims to answer these questions and transform our understanding of the entangled human and environmental history of these three regions.

Tea/coffee served at conclusion of lecture.