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Research project

ACROSS - H2020 - ERC -2017 STG - Helen Farr

Project overview

One of the most exciting and enduring research questions within Archaeology is that of the peopling of the planet and the movement of Anatomically Modern Humans (AMH) Out of Africa. The colonization of Sahul (modern day Australasia) by at least 65,000 years ago, represents some of the earliest evidence of modern human colonization outside Africa, yet, even at the greatest sea-level lowstand, this migration would have involved seafaring. It is the maritime nature of this dispersal that makes it so important to questions of technological, cognitive and social human development. These issues have traditionally been the preserve of archaeologists, but the ACROSS project takes a multidisciplinary approach that embraces marine geoarchaeology, oceanography, and archaeogenetics, to examine the When, Where, Who and How of the earliest ocean crossings in world history


Lead researcher

Dr Helen Farr

Associate Professor

Research interests

  • Seafaring
  • Submerged Palaeo Landscapes
  • Maritime Heritage
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Other researchers

Professor Robert Marsh

Professor of Oceanography and Climate
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Professor Ivan Haigh


Research interests

  • I have four main areas of research, as follows:
  • Mean Sea level: local, regional and global trends, detection of accelerations, understanding of inter-annual variability
  • Extreme sea levels and coastal Flooding: Changes in storm surges, extreme value analysis, compound events,
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Professor Justin Dix

Professor in Marine Geology & Geophysics
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Collaborating research institutes, centres and groups

Research outputs

Ingrid Ward, Alex Bastos, Diego Carabias, Hayley Cawthra, Helen Farr, Andrew Green & Fraser Sturt, 2022
Type: conference
Eveline Kuijjer, Ivan Haigh, Robert Marsh & Helen Farr, 2021, PaleoAnthropology, 2022(1), 134-148
Type: article