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Research project

Australasian Colonisation Research: Origins of Seafaring to Sahul

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

Staff

Lead researcher

Doctor Helen Farr

Associate Professor

Research interests

  • Seafaring
  • Submerged Palaeo Landscapes

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Other researchers

Professor Ivan Haigh

Professor

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

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Professor Justin Dix

Professor in Marine Geology & Geophysics

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Professor Robert Marsh

Professor of Oceanography and Climate

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Collaborating research institutes, centres and groups

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