Whispers from the Past: Research into the Accurate Communication of Oral Narratives

Recent research has indicated that geological events from 10,000+ years can be recorded by oral narratives - without writing systems - and passed down accurately through time. This project aims to identify how such narratives are constructed, and where they may be applied to an urban, digital world.

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Matthew Fackrell

Laidlaw Undergraduate Research Scholar, Durham University

Anthropology and Sociology Undergraduate; from Bristol, UK. I am completing a research project on narrative transmission and reproduction, looking at how oral accounts of geological events are passed down accurately over generations. By understanding how narratives are constructed I am keen to explore interdisciplinary approaches, particularly between Anthropology, Linguistics, Computer-Human Interaction, and Cognition. Other interests include literature, art and photography, architecture, astronomy, and outdoor pursuits.


Go to the profile of Nikol Chen (she/her)
over 1 year ago

What a fascinating research proposal, Matthew! Thank you for sharing and I look forward to your final report :)

Go to the profile of Matthew Fackrell
over 1 year ago

Thank you! I'm looking forward to completing it

Hi Matthew,

I think this is such a fascinating topic, with really interesting implications for some of the stories and myths that are so familiar to us today. I'm really looking forward to reading more about your research as it develops!

Go to the profile of Matthew Fackrell
over 1 year ago

Thank you!

Yes, I'm not sure to what extent it can be covered this summer, but the implications/application for some of the research published previously have been very interesting.