GEORGE NEWS - On Wednesday 22 January, the Wilderness Ratepayers Association will start the new year with a fascinating talk by archaeologist Dr Peter Nilssen at the Wilderness Hotel. It will be titled 'History lessons for our future'.
Nilssen is best known for his collaborative research at Pinnacle Point, Mossel Bay, which unearthed the world-famous discoveries that contributed to the unfolding story of humanity's origins.
That research began in 1997 when he was working on an environmental impact assessment for the proposed Pinnacle Point Estate and recognised the research potential of several sites there, most particularly Cave 13B.
Cave 13B, the main focus of the Point of Human Origins tourism initiative that Nilssen started in 2012, is famed for revealing how Middle Stone Age people lived between 170 000 and 100 000 years ago. Using the archaeological record as a lens to examine the state of humanity through time, Nilssen will discuss the drivers of human behaviour and how we have shifted from a thriving to a barely surviving species.
Beliefs and knowledge systems are key to this unfolding drama. At the core lies connection, coherence and belonging as vital ingredients in shifting human consciousness. Nilssen's career has led him to specialise in communicating archaeological facts and its underlying value for education and conservation.
The time is 18:00 for 18:30. Entry is R10 for WRRA members and R20 for non-members. A cash bar as well as the opportunity to become a Wilderness Ratepayers and Residents Association member will be available.
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