About: Pamela Watson

My name is Pamela Watson. I’m a retired anthropologist and pharmacist. My original profession was pharmacy (dispensing medical drugs), practicing in Australia and the UK. Later, following an interest in tribal artworks, I studied anthropology, eventually specialising in ethnopharmacology and Queensland contact history (Aboriginal-European contact during the time of early Australian settlement). My PhD ‘Machines of the Mind: An Anthropology of Drug Use’ (1989, University of Queensland, Department of Anthropology and Sociology) was partly based on field work in the Sepik River area of Papua New Guinea. I am interested in drugs as cultural tools by which society’s members create a shared reality, communicate with the spiritual world, achieve power and authority, and influence trade and land use patterns. More information can be found in the “About This Blog” tab of the prehistoricdrugs blog on Wordpress.

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