Archaeology and Natural History explores deep time in the Asia Pacific region with a focus on the interaction of people with the environment. We are a unique multidisciplinary unit, integrating environmental scientists and archaeologists to uncover patterns in human behavior, cultural development and environmental change through millennia across this vast region.
As a highly active research unit we provide PhD students with opportunities for exciting and ground-breaking projects. Current and recent PhD projects in the Department span topics such as rock art in Southeast Asia and Australia; modern human dispersal, adaptation and behaviour enroute to Australia; modelling sea level change and colonization across the Pacific; climate change and the abandonment of islands; the lifeways of the earliest Australians; fire and the Australian environment; protection of Aboriginal heritage sites endangered by climate change; and changes in textile production over millennia in Chile.
We are increasingly active in teaching undergraduate and Masters courses that cover a variety of subjects and that often span multiple disciplines. We contribute courses to the Bachelor of Asian Studies, the Bachelor of Arts, the Bachelor of Science, the Bachelor of Environment and Sustainability, the Masters of Archaeological Science, and the Masters of Asia-Pacific Studies programs, and administer the minor in Asian and Pacific Archaeology. ANH staff often supervise Masters of Archaeological Science students performing independent study projects.
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Information on upcoming courses, recent research and ANH events.
Our laboratories house state-of-the-art equipment for the exploration of environmental and archaeological questions.
Archaeology and Natural History explores deep time in the Asia Pacific region with a focus on the interaction of people with the environment.