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An early draft of a presentation I abandoned, but might be worth coming back to, following recent developments. See http://alun.posterous.com/re-thinking-mars

An early draft of a presentation I abandoned, but might be worth coming back to, following recent developments. See http://alun.posterous.com/re-thinking-mars

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    The Archaeology Of Mars The Archaeology Of Mars Presentation Transcript

    • The Adjacent World The Archaeology of colonisation and Mars
    • If we demolished the pyramids would anybody notice? Image courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech
    • When does something become Heritage?
      • Space Heritage is largely a product of the Cold War. e.g.
    • When does something become Heritage?
      • Space Heritage is largely a product of the Cold War. e.g.
      • Sputnik / Vanguard
      Image courtesy of NASA
    • When does something become Heritage?
      • Space Heritage is largely a product of the Cold War. e.g.
      • Sputnik / Vanguard
      • The British Space Programme at Woomera.
      Image courtesy of Dr Alice Gorman
    • When does something become Heritage?
      • Space Heritage is largely a product of the Cold War. e.g.
      • Sputnik / Vanguard
      • The British Space Programme at Woomera.
      • Skylab / Mir
      Image courtesy of ESA
    • When does something become Heritage?
      • Space Heritage is largely a product of the Cold War. e.g.
      • Sputnik / Vanguard
      • The British Space Programme at Woomera
      • Skylab / Mir
      • The Race to the Moon and Mars
      Image from Amazon
    • There is a common notion that everywhere has been colonised Image from “The Truman Show” (1998)
    • The problems of exploration are underestimated by many Image from http://www.marsshop.com
    • The problems of exploration are underestimated by many Image from http://www.marsshop.com
    • The number of mars probes has varied considerably in recent decades
    • Orbital mechanics lead us to expect some clustering of probes Image from Mariner 4 press kit 1964
    • Orbital mechanics lead us to expect some clustering of probes Animation: Venus Express from http://www.esa.int
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    • The first exoarchaeological surveys of mars date from after 1877
      • Giovanni Schiaparelli
      Image from http://www.phys-astro.sonoma.edu/BruceMedalists/Schiaparelli/
      • Giovanni Schiaparelli
      • Percival Lowell
      The first exoarchaeological surveys of mars date from after 1877 Image from http://www.lowell.edu/AboutLowell/plowell.html
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    • Many recognised acts of colonial behaviour are already occurring Image courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech
    • Many recognised acts of colonial behaviour are already occurring
      • Marcy Rockman on Knowledge and Learning
      Image from Amazon
    • Many recognised acts of colonial behaviour are already occurring
      • Marcy Rockman on Knowledge and Learning
      • Locational Locations and physical characteristics of necessary resources. e.g. basic mapping of major highlands / lowlands of Mars.
      Image from Amazon
    • Many recognised acts of colonial behaviour are already occurring
      • Marcy Rockman on Knowledge and Learning
      • Locational
      • Limitational Boundaries and costs of necessary resources. e.g. seasonal variation of Martian polar caps.
      Image from Amazon
    • Many recognised acts of colonial behaviour are already occurring
      • Marcy Rockman on Knowledge and Learning
      • Locational
      • Limitational
      • Social Attributions of names, meanings and patterns to natural features. Transformation of environment into human landscape.
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    • Discussion point
      • These points are basic / fundamental to the presentation. Therefore ethically I should make it easy to note / remember the book that I’m citing.
      • How do you do that without interrupting the flow of the talk?
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    • Discussion point
      • These points are basic / fundamental to the presentation. Therefore ethically I should make it easy to note / remember the book that I’m citing.
      • How do you do that without interrupting the flow of the talk?
      Rockman, M. 2003. ‘Knowledge and Learning in the Archaeology of Colonization’ in The Colonization of Unfamiliar Landscapes: The Archaeology of Adaptation . eds. M. Rockman and J. Steele. Routledge. (1-24) Section cited on page 3
    • Probes from the 1960s Film clip from ‘Planet Mars’ courtesy of NASA
    • Probes from the 1960s Image courtesy of NASA : http://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/database/MasterCatalog?sc=1964-077A
    • Probes from the 1960s Image courtesy of NASA : http://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/database/MasterCatalog?sc=1964-077A Technologically a new era? 1 st successful Mars fly-by.
    • Probes from the 1960s Image courtesy of NASA : http://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/imgcat/html/object_page/m04_01d.html Technologically a new era? 1 st successful Mars fly-by.
    • Probes from the 1960s Image courtesy of NASA : http://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/imgcat/html/object_page/m04_01d.html Technologically a new era? 1 st successful Mars fly-by.
      • Scientifically a new era?
      • Locational
      • Limitational
      • Social
    • Probes from the 1960s Image courtesy of NASA : http://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/imgcat/html/object_page/m04_01d.html Technologically a new era? 1 st successful Mars fly-by.
      • Scientifically a new era?
      • Locational
      • Limitational
      • Social
      • TV camera
      • Magnetometer
      • dust detector
      • cosmic ray telescope
      • trapped radiation detector
      • solar plasma probe
      • ionization chamber (Geiger counter)
    • In the 1960s the relationship with Mars remained Archaeologically Platonic Image courtesy of NASA: Mariner-Mars final project report
    • In the 1970s a new phase of exploration began Image from NASA: http://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/planetary/viking.html
    • In the 1970s a new phase of exploration began Image from NASA: http://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/planetary/viking.html
    • In the 1970s a new phase of exploration began Image from Malin Space Science Systems: www.msss.com/mars/pictures/viking_lander/viking_lander.html
    • Probes from the 1980s
    • Probes from the 1990s Image courtesy of NASA
    • The 1990s saw the naming of local sites on mars Image courtesy of NASA
    • In the 2000s the definition of the martian landscape is being contested
    • In the 2000s the definition of the martian landscape is being contested
    • In the 2000s the definition of the martian landscape is being contested
    • Proto-colonisation is scheduled to start this year Image courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech
    • 2010 was to have marked a new phase in martian colonisation Image courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech
    • New issues for Colonial Archaeology
      • Mars has no native culture. How does the colonial venture define itself? What will be a place on Mars?
      • Who are the agents of colonisation? Revival of the Dutch East Mars Company?
      • For all mankind? What about the technological barriers to 3 rd world countries