Talking to some of the researchers whose work I relied upon for Star.Ships -particularly those whose work encompassed the early human population of island South East Asia- I asked if any new findings had come to light that had modified their original hypotheses.
No, apparently. If anything, it had further supported it. And I get that. Books, like all ‘art’, are never completed but rather abandoned. Since abandoning the .Ship, here are some of the new data points that have surfaced:
- ‘Planet of the Apes’: Scientists believe modern humans lived among other ancient human species
- Complex genetic data now confirms that Mitochondrial DNA found in Pacific islanders was present in Island Southeast Asia at a much earlier period
- Ancient tools show mysterious humans occupied Indonesian island
- Analysis Suggests Farming Not Responsible for Population Boom
- Research suggests First Peoples were firestick farming in North Queensland for up to 140,000 years
- “As the origins of art extend backward, we’ll have to revise our often localized ideas of what prompted such aesthetic expression in the first place” (Very important!)
Then, of course, there is this video that many (many!) of you have shared with me. Didn’t have the heart to tell you I knew about Genevieve von Petzinger before she was cool.
Speaking at Watkins Books TOMORROW
So, the Osiris thing…. Well, I’m speaking at Watkins Books tomorrow evening from 6:30pm. You should definitely all come along to that. I will only accept intervening oceans as an excuse. Plus the paperback is out now and there will be an in-store signing, so this is that opportunity.
After the chat, which will be videoed, those who are interested will be heading out for a few drinks. Of course, it is St Patrick’s Day. This probably means we will have to manage our expectations in terms of venues as they are likely to be quite crowded. And by ‘manage expectations’, I mean we may end up drinking wine in a Pizza Express, sitting beside a table of bewildered Japanese tourists.
St Patrick’s Day is a good day to be talking about Star.Ships, as the event in question has some pleasing Osirian echoes, as seen in these classic Secret Sun posts:
For those of you who can’t make it, but still have some Qs you would like me to A, drop them in the google form below. If we don’t get time for them tomorrow, I’ll probably just answer them anyway in a separate video or something. You have twenty four hours! GO!