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Does the age of human settlement in Victoria rival that of Lake Mungo?

February 21, 2014

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While many Australians were heading to the beach during the mid-January heatwave, La Trobe archaeologist Dr Jillian Garvey was undertaking an archaeological dig west of Mildura in outback Victoria. The dig is part of a six-year project led by Dr Garvey at Ned’s Corner Station and in the Murray-Sunset National Park close to the South […]

New archaeology treads lightly in dangerous lands

May 10, 2013

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La Trobe University archaeologist David Thomas recently invited people to join him on a ‘dig’ in Afghanistan at some of that country’s oldest and most exciting historical sites. Yet there was no need for flak jackets and armed guards. That’s because Dr Thomas is one of a new breed of archaeologists who uses satellite images, […]

Archaeological dig at famous brewery site

February 25, 2013

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La Trobe students learn lessons about the city beneath their  feet Seventy La Trobe University archaeology students are working with professional archaeologists on an exciting six-week inner city ‘dig’ at the site of a famous former Melbourne landmark – the old Carlton United Brewery. Based at the top end of Swanston St, the archaeologists are […]

Archaeologist wins rare honour from US Academy of Sciences

May 10, 2012

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La Trobe University Emeritus Professor of Archaeology, Jim Allen, has joined an elite group of Australian scholars elected Foreign Associates of the US National Academy of Sciences.   Professor Allen – a specialist in the archaeology of the South Pacific – was Foundation Professor of the Department of Archaeology from 1985 to 1993, after which […]

Cave finds reveal complex human history of East Asia

April 27, 2012

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The study of fossils often helps clarify some important aspect of human history.  But recent research, in which scientists extracted the fossilised remains of South China’s ‘Red Deer Cave People’ from rock some twenty years after they were first discovered, has deepened the mystery of human evolution. It also points to an exciting new era […]

From Persia – with love

March 26, 2012

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La Trobe scholar curates largest exhibition of Persian manuscripts ever in Australia La Trobe University PhD scholar in art history, Susan Scollay, is guest  co-curator of the largest exhibition of Persian illustrated manuscripts ever shown in Australia. Titled ‘Love and Devotion: From Persia and Beyond’, the exhibition is a partnership between the State Library of […]

Out of Africa: dating our earliest ancestors

December 6, 2011

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La Trobe archaeologist helps estimate the age of African fossil finds – Dr Andy Herries has helped firm up a date of almost two million years ago for a number of South African fossils that made world headlines last year when hailed as some of the most complete early human fossils ever found. He is […]