For decades the concept that the mammalian brain is especially suited for complex cognition has been well accepted. In recent years, birds have been shown to match, or even outperform, many mammals on similar tests for cognitive ability. Birds and mammals evolved from reptilian ancestors, raising the question of whether reptilian ancestors may have already had the neural circuitries necessary for complex cognition. To date, the reptilian brain has not been examined in the same detail as that of the mammalian or avian brain.
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Date: Thu, 13/10/2016 - 20:00
By: Brendan Billings
Date: Tue, 11/10/2016 - 18:00
By: Robert M Kaplan of the University of Wollongong, Australia
The shamanic state is a human constant, arising from the substrate of the brain. Hunter-gatherer shamanism is based on altered states of consciousness, induced by a variety of means.
Date: Sun, 25/09/2016 - 10:30
By: Mbali Zwane
Sophiatown was originally a farm outside Johannesburg. It was bought by Hermann Tobiansky, who named it after his wife, Sophia. Subsequently, the area became a 'Whites Only' area. When a sewage dump was built next to the area, White people did not want to live there anymore, and they moved. Later, Blacks and Coloureds were given permission to settle there by the owner. It was early in the morning at 4 AM on the 9th of February, 1955, when 2000 policemen entered Sophiatown heavenly armed. They bulldozed each and every building and forcibly removed Blacks to Meadowlands, Coloureds were moved to western native township and 'Indians' to Lenasia. They renamed Sophiatown Triomf. For more than 50 years everybody was convinced that Sophiatown would never be alive again but in 1994 the ANC won the election and in 1996 the process of renaming Sophiatown started. In 2006, Triomf was officialy renamed Sophiatown. Mbali Zwane, our guide, will take us to the famous landmarks including the Church of Christ the King where Father Trevor Huddleston played a leading role in the community. We will finish at the museum.
Traditional Glue, Adhesive and Poison Used for Composite Weapons by Ju/'hoan San in Nyae Nyae, Namibia. Implications for Studying Hunting Equipment in Prehistory
Date: Thu, 15/09/2016 - 20:00
By: Professor Lyn Wadley
Ju/'hoan hunters from Nyae Nyae in Namibia, demonstrate the manufacture of three fixative pastes made from plant extracts, and poison made from processed grubs and plants. Extracts from bulbs and tree gum produce simple glue. Plant latex mixed with carbonized grass is a compound adhesive. Composite poison is made from poison grub viscera mixed with salivary extracts of bark and the tuber sap of Asparagus. In order to document potential variability in the chaîne opératoire, and to eliminate inherent biases associated with unique observations, manufacturing processes were recorded in three separate Nyae Nyae villages. Although there are methodological similarities, we observed a few differences in contemporary traditions of poison manufacture.
Date: Tue, 13/09/2016 - 18:00
By: David Lewis-Williams
The meanings of San folktales are not to be found exclusively in the surface narrative. Easily missed 'nuggets' - words and phrases that are opaque without deep knowledge of San thought - gave 'hidden' meanings to the tales. Some of these nuggets occur in San rock art as well.
Date: Sun, 28/08/2016 -
10:00 to 15:30
The annual ONE DAY LECTURE SERIES of the Archaeological Society of the Western Cape and the Friends of the Stellenbosch Museum is entitled: "CLIMATE CHANGE ........Is your beach house 10 metres above mean sea level?"
The Annual Symposium of the South African Archaeological Society, Northern branch: Pushing the boundaries – Issues in southern African Archaeology
Date: Sat, 20/08/2016 - 09:00
Our aim this year is to bring together specialized speakers in the discipline of archaeology to debate current issues.
Date: Tue, 09/08/2016 - 18:00
By: Rebecca Ackermann
Prof Ackermann's research focuses on understanding the underlying evolutionary processes driving morphological diversification in human evolution; in other words, how we have come to look the way we do.
Re-making Landscape and Place: an archaeology of a nineteenth century mission station in northwestern Botswana
Date: Thu, 04/08/2016 - 19:00
By: Dr Ceri Ashley
Nineteenth non-conformist missionaries to the Tswana of southern Africa imposed very clear ideas around appropriate living and behaviour. According to their creed, the path to Christian morality and spirituality lay in personal modesty, humble, ordered living, and hard work. Accordingly, they sought to transform the everyday material experiences of the Tswana, including re-making landscapes, and re-ordering domestic spaces. This paper will discuss how missionary ideals were materially translated in a short-lived mission - the Lake Ngami mission of the London Missionary Society - in northwest Botswana.
Date: Thu, 21/07/2016 - 20:00
By: Professor Stefan Grab
The presentation explores some of the geomorphic processes that have shaped the high Drakensberg landscape over the last ca 20 000 years. Many landforms, not generally known to the public, will be presented and briefly explained. Among these are glacial, periglacial and lightning strike activity. The environmental implications of such processes are considered for both the present and future.