Dr. Lynne Kelly is a science writer and an Honorary Research Associate at La Trobe University. She lives in Melbourne, Australia and is the author of Knowledge and Power in Prehistoric Societies (Cambridge).
A plausible and provocative hypothesis on how methods of
memorization may have laid the groundwork for many mysterious
Kelly offers a new viewpoint, showing us people who, faced with a problem, developed an effective way of overcoming it.
This fascinating narrative offers fresh interpretations of these physical spaces and their archaeological discoveries. Readers interested in preliterate cultures, Neolithic archaeological sites, and memory techniques will find this research thought provoking.
Kelly not only analyzes a variety of techniques used by indigenous people, but also implements the ideas in her own life. Readers can readily implement her ideas and train themselves to use these mnemonic devices just as the ancient ones may have done so long ago.
Kelly presents a compelling argument that appears quite plausible. Some archaeologists might disagree, but Kelly is thinking outside of the box.