Student Projects

Student Opportunities

CAS members include established senior scientists and emerging young researchers leading projects in Africa, Europe, Asia and Australia, often in partnership with other leading interdisciplinary organisations.

Opportunities for new research students to become involved with CAS can be found below.


Potential Honours and PhD topics

Prof. Bert Roberts

  • Arabia: Middle Palaeolithic colonisation and Late Pleistocene environments. Contact 
  • India: human settlement of the subcontinent before and after the Toba volcanic eruption.
  • Australia: Middle and Late Pleistocene records of southern fauna and climates.
  • OSL: methodological advances in single-grain dating of quartz and feldspar.

A/Prof. Zenobia Jacobs

  • Africa: Stone Age occupation and dispersals north and south of the Sahara.
  • Europe: Chronologies for Neanderthal occupation in Western Europe.

A/Prof. Kat Szabó

  • Aquatic resource use (Pleistocene and/or Holocene) in Island Southeast Asia or the Pacific Islands. Contact Crustaceans in the archaeological record: approaches to identification, quantification, taphonomy and interpretation.
  • Artefacts in shell: identification, analysis and interpretation.
  • The articulation of theory and method in the study of material culture.

Prof. Richard Fullagar

  • Australia/Southeast Asia: Evidence and origin of modern human behaviour.
  • Function of stone tool assemblages from key sites under study by CAS.
  • McCauleys Beach (Thirroul, NSW) midden: analysis of excavated material. 
  • Identification, description and potential sourcing of  tool stone from the Pilbara.
  • Use-wear/residue studies: experimental databases for specific tool materials (e.g. stone, bone, shell) and specific tasks (e.g. woodworking, harvesting, butchering).
  • Optical profiling and imaging of surfaces.

Dr Jenny Atchison

  • Perspectives on post-European vegetation and landscape change in Northern Australia.
  • Macroscopic analysis of archaeobotanical remains.
  • Ethnobotany of Australian food plants, and social and cultural perspectives on Aboriginal plant use.

Dr Richard Gillespie

  • Australian megafauna: isotopes in single amino acids from bone collagen.

Dr Gert van den Bergh

  • Pleistocene environments during the earliest human colonization of Sulawesi, Flores and Java.
  • Taphonomy of Pleistocene vertebrate assemblages from Indonesia.

Prof. Colin Murray-Wallace 

  • Midden analysis, Holocene sea-level changes and coastal landscape change.
  • Aminostratigraphy of the Willandra Lakes in the context of global climate change.
  • Amino acid racemisation geochronological frameworks for late Pleistocene extinctions.
  • Methodological advances in amino acid racemisation dating. 
Last reviewed: 2 July, 2018