Parkington delivers annual Summer School alumni lecture

30 January 2007 | Story by Daniella Pollock

Prof John Parkington chats to alumnus Gail Flesch (1964), who lives in London but was in Cape Town this January.

Professor of Archaeology, John Parkington, delivered the Summer School alumni lecture, titled 'Archaeology and its meaning to people: the Clanwilliam Living Landscape Project', on Saturday, 27 January.

The lecture marked the conclusion of the 57th Summer School.

This project provides an opportunity to relate history to futurity via empowerment, education and the building of training schemes for landscape interpretation and environmental evaluation. The next phase of the Living Landscape Project is to develop a Heritage Park at the southern edge of the Clanwilliam municipal area.

This project illustrates a successful collaboration between different academic disciplines - archaeology, drama and fine art.

"Work in the field not only provides an archive of the past, but also a present and future link to job creation and transformation of that community," said Parkington.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor Martin Hall initiated the Summer School alumni lecture five years ago. Here alumni get to hear a top presenter while catching up with the UCT community.

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