Blocks of Time: Using Lego to Reconstruct Occupation and Activity Patterns at Mulka’s Cave, from 8000 cal BP until the Present

23rd November 2014

Rossi, AlanaSince 2006 Mulka’s Cave has been the focus of intensive archaeological research, which is otherwise entirely lacking in the wheatbelt of inland southwestern Australia. Sixteen radiocarbon dates and over 2500 stone artefacts have been recovered from several areas of the site complex, permitting analysis of spatiotemporal variation in occupation intensity, as well as the identification of specific activity areas. Several detailed Lego models were constructed and photographed, each depicting the events that likely occurred at major areas of the site complex – the decorated rockshelter, the ‘Camping Area’, the Humps outcrop, and the gnammas – at various intervals from 8000 cal BP until the present. While not directly explored within this poster, this method could potentially be used to make archaeological data more accessible to a broader audience, engaging the interest of children, the general public and Lego-lovers alike.

Citation for this poster:

Rossi, A. 2014 Blocks of Time: Using Lego to Reconstruct Occupation and Activity Patterns at Mulka’s Cave, from 8000 cal BP until the Present. Poster Presented at the AAA/ASHA Annual Conference, 1-3 December, Cairns.

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