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Iain Davidson

  • PhD
  • Emeritus Professor
  • University of New England
  • 0ReadersNumber of instances of Iain's publications in Mendeley libraries. Updated daily.
  • 32PublicationsNumber of items in Iain's My Publications folder on Mendeley.

Research interests

rock artAustralian archaeologylanguage originssymbolic structuring of societyevolution of cognitionArchaeology

About

Professor Iain Davidson (BA, PhD Cambridge, UK). I am Emeritus Professor of Archaeology in the School of Humanities at the University of New England and hold honorary positions at Flinders University, the University of Queensland and Harvard University. I worked at the University of New England for 34 years, where I helped start the Department of Prehistory and Archaeology. I was awarded a Personal Chair in 1997 which I held until retirement in 2008. I held the Visiting Chair of Australian Studies at Harvard University in 2008-9. I was awarded the Rhys Jones Medal of the Australian Archaeological Association 2010. I have worked on the Spanish Upper Palaeolithic, archaeology and ethnography of Northwest Queensland, Australian rock art, archaeology and heritage, and language origins. I have contributed to discussions of interpreting animal bones as evidence of prehistoric economy, use of ethnography in archaeological interpretation, evidence of non-human primates for understanding language origins, the interface between psychology and archaeology, problems of understanding the "meaning" of prehistoric art, and the relations between stone tools and cognition, and the evolution of cognition. I have held major grants from the Australian Research Council and its predecessors, and from AIATSIS and AINSE, to investigate Aboriginal archaeology, rock art, resource use and museum collections. I have worked on projects with Anaiwan, Darug, Gamilaraay, Kalkadoon, Undekerebina, Wankamadla, Wonarua, and Yulluna people. He has completed major research projects arising from archaeological consultancy in western Sydney and in the Hunter Valley. His consultancy work has been funded by for BHP Billiton, Cyprus Gold, Department of Environment and Conservation (NPWS), Flinders University, Placer Dome, Rouse Hill Stage 1 Development, Transgrid, Western Mining, Woodside Energy Limited. My publications include 4 books, 6 edited books, 48 chapters in books and more than 65 articles in refereed journals. I enjoy taking photographs http://www.flickr.com/photos/23766603@N07/ Last upload July 2011 Some of my other publications are available as pdfs if you contact me

Followers (5)

  • Sergei Kogai

    Sergei KogaiInstitute of Archaeology and Ethnography SB RAS

  • Pierre Pica

    Pierre PicaFederal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil (Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul)

  • Jordi Estévez

    Jordi EstévezUniversitat Autònona de Barcelona

  • David Underhill

    David UnderhillCentre for the Archaeology of Human Origins

  • Andrea Balbo

    Andrea BalboInstitución Milá and Fontanals, Department of Archaeology and Anthropology, Spanish National Research Council

Following (2)

  • Jordi Estévez

    Jordi EstévezUniversitat Autònona de Barcelona

  • Andrea Balbo

    Andrea BalboInstitución Milá and Fontanals, Department of Archaeology and Anthropology, Spanish National Research Council

Publications (5)

  • 153_Tasire-and-Davidson-Fine grained sydney rock art 2015-AA

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  • An Evolutionary Developmental Approach to Cultural Evolution

    • Andersson C
    • Tö A
    • Törnberg P
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  • Climate change frames debate over the extinction of megafauna in Sahul (Pleistocene Australia-New Guinea)

    • Wroe S
    • Field J
    • Archer M
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  • Cognitive Evolution and Origins of Language and Speech

    • Davidson I
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  • LA EXCAVACIÓN ARQUEOLÓGICA DE LA CUEVA DEL NIÑO (AYNA, ALBACETE) DE 1973: SECUENCIA ESTRATIGRÁFICA Y MATERIALES *

    • Excavación Arqueológica La Cueva Del Niño Ayna L
    • Davidson I
    • Alejandro García Moreno B
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Professional experience

Emeritus Professor

University of New England

July 2008 - Present