Mylene Lising Workshop

1 November 2019,
Institute of Advanced Studies, UWA
Honours Students, Postgraduate Students, Early Career Researchers, Academics, Professional Researchers


Mylene Lising

Deep Time Heritage. Histories, challenges, potentials.

A workshop with Mylene Lising, Cultural Deputy Officer, National Museum of the Philippines; Lecturer, Sociology and Anthropology, Ateneo de Manila University and 2019 Institute of Advanced Studies Visiting Fellow.

Deep Time Heritage refers to heritage that is dated to the Pliocene or Pleistocene and/or is the product of hunting/gathering/fishing societies more generally. It refers to material evidence that informs our understanding of human evolution and is related to pre-farming and pre-domestication periods of human history and modes of existence. It can also encompass aspects of heritage of recent hunting/gathering/fishing people and its related natural environment. Deep Time Heritage has global dimensions. On each continent, remains from hunting/gathering/fishing people with a wide range of dates can be found that share specific material and structural characteristics. They present specific challenges of interpretation, preservation, community involvements and public engagement. Furthermore, in Africa and Eurasia, numerous find spots exist that have yielded human fossils or artefacts that were created by archaic, non-modern hominins. Many of these locations have been turned into public and tourist attractions. Some have received World Heritage status. Prominent examples in this latter respect are the Grotte Chauvet (France), Sangiran (Indonesia), the Cradle of Humankind (South Africa) or the Willandra Lakes and the Budj Bim Cultural Landscapes (Australia). Deep Time Heritage has shaped and continues to shape the understanding and identity of humanity in profound ways. It provides tangible evidence for the deep historical dimensions of humanity and the variabilities and similarities of human biological and cultural expressions on a global scale.

However, Deep Time Heritage has so far not been systematically, theoretically and comparatively explored and assessed. As a theme within (critical) heritage studies, Plio/Pleistocene and Palaeolithic heritage and the heritage of hunting/gathering/fishing societies has not received much attention. So far, there has not been an initiative to theorise Deep Time Heritage, its histories, challenges and potentials, comparatively and on a global scale. There have so far been no attempts to view Deep Time Heritage from a North/South perspective and how these aspects must be related to each other historically and epistemologically.

This workshop will address these issues and is intended to explore connections between Indigenous and deep time archaeology and history, anthropology and critical heritage studies across different areas of theoretical, historical, analytical and applied engagements.

Caroline Marie Quinto (Mylene) Lising is a dedicated heritage expert with a focus on Southeast Asia, human origins and Palaeolithic archaeology. She has recently received a grant from the Gerda Henkel Foundation (Germany) to build the Rizal Town Library, Kalinga, Philippines. Mylene holds an Erasmus Mundus International Master in Quaternary and Prehistory in 2015 from the Muséum National d’histoire Naturelle, Paris, France. Mylene is currently a PhD student at Goethe University in Frankfurt and a guest researcher at the ROCEEH (The Role of Culture in the Expansion of Early Humans) program at the Senckenberg Research Institution. She is involved in the development of the Anthropological and Sociological Institute of the Ateneo de Manila University (ASIA), which will be an institute that will both conduct archaeological research and offer a respective teaching program. Mylene is currently developing the heritage management strategy for a recent archaeological site in Northern Luzon that contains the oldest evidence for the presence of humans in the Philippines. She has also initiated the creation of the “Traveling Museum PH” to enhance the understanding of human evolution in the Philippines and conducts a travelling exhibition as well as public lectures at universities, schools and other organisations.