Archaeology, Museums, Heritage and Material Culture Online Seminar
Professor Keith Dobney | The University of Sydney
Flying a kite and the end of the Ice Age:
Were birds of prey one of the early experiments in animal domestication?
A reinterpretation of the zooarchaeological evidence from late epipalaeolithic and early Neolithic sites in the near and Middle East could support a theory that birds of prey played a significant role in human bio-cultural development during the early Holocene. It is argued that birds of prey may have (briefly) fulfilled a specific role as a human hunting tool – as has been argued with dog domestication. In which case, was the taming and training of raptors during this period an early experiment and crucial step on the road to other animal domestication and can the origins of falconry be traced back some 10,000 years to the Near east? I hope to convince you that this is at least an hypothesis that can be supported by the archaeological evidence and would welcome further ideas of how this could be tested further?
The Department of Archaeology hosts a number of lively departmental research seminars. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Online on Zoom
17 April 2020,
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