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Progress in directly dating southern African rock paintings

Start: Nov 02, 2017 06:00 PM

Location: Room 209, UCL Institute of Archaeology

Progress in directly dating southern African rock paintings

David Pearce (Director of the Rock Art Research Institute, University of Witwatersrand) will give the first seminar in the African Peoples and Pasts series at the Institute on 2 November.

David's presentation is entitled 'Progress in directly dating southern African rock paintings' and all are welcome to attend.

Abstract

Directly dating rock art is notoriously difficult. Much of the difficulty arises from the physical substance of the paintings or engravings: there is little available to date. This talk recaps the research undertaken over the past seven years, by a multi-national team, to radiocarbon date rock paintings in southern Africa. The success of the work is based on detailed characterization of the composition of paint and mineral contaminants on the rock face. The results of the characterization and radiocarbon dating will be discussed as well as how these results articulate with the archaeology.

Any enquiries about the event may be directed to Hannah Page.