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Location University of Queensland, School of Social Science
App. deadline 17/01/2018
  • Scholarship available
Eligibility Open to international applicants

Usewear and residue analysis on the lithic assemblage from Madjedbebe, Australia

Global Archaeological Science Scholarships Round 1

Supervisors: Prof. Chris Clarkson and Dr Alison Crowther

The site of Madjedbebe in Australia’s Kakadu National Park, western Arnhem Land, was recently published in Nature as Australia’s oldest known human occupation site and contains an extremely rich assemblage of stone artefacts from the lowest phase of occupation. Included is a large number of chert and fine-grained silcrete and quartzite artefacts which have high potential to yield information about past tool function and site use using usewear and residue analysis, including plant animal and mineral resource use. A large collection of grindstone fragments also exists in the lower assemblage. This PhD project will employ current usewear and residue methods (including GCMS, FTIR, Raman and other techniques) to identify the function of these ancient objects. The project has the potential to generate high impact publications and offers the opportunity to work in the field in Kakadu.

Key publication: Clarkson C.  Z. Jacobs, B. Marwick, R. Fullagar, L. Wallis, M. Smith, R. G., Roberts, L.J. Arnold, Q.Hua, E. Hayes, K.Lowe, X. Carah, S.A .Florin, J. McNeil, J. Huntley, H.E.A. Brand, A. Fairbairn, K.Connell, K. Norman, J. Shulmeister. 2017. Human occupation of northern Australia by 65,000 years ago. Nature 547, 7663: 306-310. doi:10.1038/nature22968

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Dr Alison Crowther

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