Faculty of Fine Arts and Music at the University of Melbourne
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Australia hosts the oldest ongoing culture in the world with aboriginal rock art providing an important window into what Australia’s first people were doing and the things that were important to them when it was created. However, in order to understand how these remarkable artworks might relate to things like changes in the climate and environment, we must know how old it is.
In this talk, Dr Helen Green will discuss the different scientific techniques being used to date Australia’s rock art and the importance of integrating traditional knowledges and western science.
There are many costs associated with science. From the decades spent on a single project, to ethical considerations, plus the overarching question of return on financial investment. In this National Science Week edition of our Dean’s Lecture Series, we’ve asked leading scientists to respond to the question ‘is scientific exploration worth the cost?’