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2015 News  

Zenobia Jacobs and Zaiping Guo
Emerging research stars receive $2.6M in competitive national funding 

Fellowships to develop high-power sodium-ion batteries and decrypt the history of human evolution.

UOW’s Centre for Archaeological Science (CAS) has over the last decade played a key role in the development and application of single-grain optically stimulated luminescence dating of key turning points in the evolution and behaviour of our own species—Homo sapiens— and also other human species, such as the “Hobbit” of Flores and Neanderthals in Europe. 

Dr Zenobia Jacobs (pictured, right), Head of UOW’s School of Earth & Environmental Sciences and researcher with CAS, has been awarded a Future Fellowship of more than $946,000 to continue her research into the evolution of early humans.

Zenobia Jacobs; Bert Roberts; dating of archaeological deposits; UOWPair honoured for their research into archaeological dating

Two leading scientists have been honoured for their research in the dating of archaeological deposits.

Multinational mass media and information firm, Thomson Reuters, yesterday (23 June) presented a Citation Award to two leading scientists from the UOW's Centre for Archaeological Science (CAS).

CAS is dedicated to the development and application of modern scientific techniques to answer fundamental questions about human evolution by analysing the material remains of past human life and activities. 

Distinguished Professor Richard (Bert) Roberts and Associate Professor Zenobia Jacobs received the award for their research in ‘luminescence dating of archaeological deposits’. UOW Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation), Professor Judy Raper, was a guest at the award ceremony held at the University of Melbourne.

Associate Professor Kat Szabo and PhD student Brent Koppel with a pearl shell. 

Archaeological excavations undertaken by UOW and the University of New England (UNE) on the north Kimberley coast of Western Australia have revealed a 2,000-year-old natural marine pearl.

The Brremangurey Rockshelter in the Admiralty Gulf, contains over 12,000 years of Indigenous history, including shell middens and extensive rock art. The site was excavated as part of a project led by UOW along with the University of New England and Wunambal-Gaambera Aboriginal Corporation.

The find has been announced in a paper appearing in Australian Archaeology.

Photo: Associate Professor Kat Szabó with PhD student Brent Koppel.

Thai archaeology
Excavating ancient knowledge through archaeology partnership

Prehistoric shell artefacts excavated from ancient graves in Thailand have been under the microscope at UOW thorough a joint project with a renowned Thai archaeologist.

Professor Thanik Lertcharnrit, of Silpakorn University, has been a guest of UOW at the Centre for Archaeological Science’s Zooarchaeology Laboratory, which is one of the few labs worldwide that focuses on the detailed analysis of archaeological shell artefacts.

Professor Lertcharnrit and UOW’s Associate Professor Kat Szabó have been conducting analysis of the Iron Age artefacts that were recently excavated at a site called Phromthin Tai.

The excavation site focuses on a small ancient moated town in central Thailand that was though to have been first occupied during the late Bronze Age (circa 700 to 500 BCE).

The Iron Age layers contain the bulk of shell artefacts and are dated from approximately 500 BC to 500 AD. 

Trieste, ItalyExploring the origin of Trieste, Italy  

A Roman military camp flanked by two minor forts and likely built in 178 BC may have provided the foundation for the first settlement of Tergeste, the ancestor of Trieste in Italy, a study suggests. 

A Visiting Professorial Fellow in UOW's Centre for Archaeological Science, Professor Claudio Tuniz, has helped reveal the old military camp using airborne LiDAR (light detection and ranging) remote sensing.  

Professor Tuniz was part of a research team whose findings have been reported in the latest US-based Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). Professor Tuniz is a world-renowned expert in geochronology and other advanced physics methods in archaeological applications and co-author of the book Science of Human Origins. 

Trieste in Italy. Photo courtesy of Scott Ingram  

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