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Neanderthal culture: Old masters

Nature have published a News Feature on our work on dating cave art in Spain and the debate surrounding the symbolic capabilities of Neanderthals. Last October Nature Journalist Tim Appenzeller accompanied me and my collaborators from Spain on a sampling trip to El Castillo cave in Cantabria, Northern Spain. We were collecting samples from calcite that has formed on top of the hundreds of ice-age paintings in the cave. Continue reading →

#CAAPerth Day Two – S1 – 3D recording, data capture and visualisation technologies for Rock Art

Chair(s): Geoff Avern, Jo McDonald Discussant(s): Geoff Avern, Jo McDonald Format: Long Paper Presentation with Roundtable Schedule: Tuesday 26th 10:30 – 15:00 Room: Auditorium Venue: University of Western Australia Club Details from: <live blog below> 12:35 Finished for lunch. 12:30 Q&A: noting that more data is not necessarily a good thing. You can end up with problems due to multiple errors. Continue reading →

Late Bronze Age Stelae, Craftspeople and Digital Technologies: Some Recent Explorations

Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI) is revealing itself as a very powerful tool to examine prehistoric rock art. Through the application of different filters and the manipulation of the incidence of light, RTI provides an enhanced visual experience of the micro-topography of engraved stones, enabling the detection of subtle details that are difficult, at times impossible, to be seen through other recording techniques. Continue reading →