ISA2024: Conference Tours

During the conference there will be a range of free tours available to attendees. This will include visits to a range of museums and walking tours.

Ancient Lives: Insights from the Classics and Archaeology Collection 

Old Quad (Building 150), University of Melbourne

Curatorial talks and tour for the ISA2024: 1:00 – 2:00pm, Wednesday 29 May

Exhibition Open: 10:00am – 4:00pm, Monday to Friday (free entry)

Curators: Dr Tamara Lewit and Dr Caroline Tully, Honorary Fellows, Classics & Archaeology

Curatorial talks and tour for the International Symposium on Archaeometry will be held from 1:00-2:00pm Wednesday 29 May.

Film Screening: “Two Ways: The Kimberley Rock Art Legacy”

ACMI, Federation Square, Melbourne

3:00pm, Wednesday 29 May

Set in the Kimberley’s prehistoric rock galleries, “Two Ways” highlights the collaboration between Western scientists and the world’s oldest continuous culture, the Balanggarra people, guided by Elder Augustine “Boornoornoor” Unangho. This journey deciphers the timeline of the world’s largest collection of rock art through cutting-edge dating techniques, telling a story of human tenacity and ecological adaptation.

The documentary captures the Balanggarra’s ancestral stories, with Elder Augi sharing insights beneath ancient Kiro Kora figures, illustrating the continuity of cultural practices that date back over 14,500 years. Professor Gleadow emphasizes the mutual learning between scientists and the Indigenous people, showcasing a unique interaction where ancient art and storytelling enrich scientific understanding.

The narrative also explores how the rock art dating team, working alongside paleo-climate researchers, investigates the link between art and historical climate events. This scientific quest not only maps the art’s chronology but also interprets the climatic changes it has recorded, demonstrating the art’s role in documenting human responses to environmental shifts.

“Two Ways” celebrates the fusion of science and Indigenous wisdom, unlocking a tale of survival and insight. It highlights how ancestral knowledge, preserved in rock art, provides lessons for facing contemporary challenges. The film emphasizes the reciprocal relationship between Indigenous knowledge and modern science, advocating for a future that honors our deep heritage.

With breathtaking visuals and engaging stories, the documentary invites audiences to discover the Kimberley’s rock art legacy, a testament to the human spirit’s resilience and our deep connection to the planet. “Two Ways” is more than a film; it’s an experience that connects viewers with the legacy of human creativity and the ongoing dialogue between art, nature, and civilization.

On the afternoon of Wednesday the 29th there will be a range of free activities available.