Lynne Kelly: unlocking ancient memory storehouses - ABC Conversations with Richard Fidler

Lynne believes she’s found a ‘code’ describing the way non-literate peoples shared sophisticated knowledge.

Wednesday 22 June 2016

Lynne is a science writer who was researching the methods used by ancient cultures to retain vast amounts of information about animals and plants.

She was looking into the way knowledge was recorded through stories, song and dance.

On a journey to Stonehenge in England, Lynne was struck by the thought that the makers of that monumental stone circle were doing the same thing.

Lynne’s research suggests the stone circles of England, the huge animal shapes in Peru, and the statues of Easter Island, were not so much objects of superstition, but tools allowing people to create a huge storehouses of knowledge.

An academic with diverse interests including spiders, history, and scepticism, Lynne applies the memory ‘code’ to manage her own stores of facts and information.

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