TARL Seminars

Seminars

ARC Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage (JCU Node) / Tropical Archaeology Research Laboratory / University of Papua New Guinea Seminar Series

Semester 2, 2021 Seminar Series Schedule

Fridays, 1-2pm
Cairns: D3-063
Townsville: 004-132

Password: 98​1045

NB: Archaeology-related events that are not part of the Friday TARL Seminar Series are in italics.


30 July 2021

Jessica Cook
Hale Gray & Pape/The University of Georgia

Submerged Landscape Archaeology and the Peopling of the Western Hemisphere: a review of the history of the topic, the competing hypotheses, and the inherently messy politics of it all.

6 August 2021

Daryl Wesley
Flinders University

The Archaeology of Indigenous engagement during World War II in the Northern Territory, Australia.

13 August

Duncan Wright
Australian National University

The Archaeology of Waiat’s Saga in Torres Strait, far north Australia.

20 August

Jillian Huntley
Griffith University

How climate change is impacting on some of the world’s earliest rock art.

27 August

Natasha Heap
James Cook University

Living apart but connected. Tooth agenesis and population connections in mainland Southeast Asia.

3 September

Amy Diedrich
James Cook University

New pathways for small-scale fisheries livelihoods in the Pacific – Sportfishing Tourism in PNG and beyond

10 September

Lauren Linnenlucke
James Cook University

Chronologically modelling the Torres Strait: Using chronometric quality assurance frameworks to re-evaluate archaeological sites

17 September

Sally May
Griffith University

Investigating ‘silences’ in Australian rock art

24 September

Seppi Lehner
The University of Sydney

How industry drove social and environmental change in ancient Arabia

8 October

Rainy Comley
James Cook University

A reconstruction of the Holocene fire and environmental history from Kinrara Swamp, north Queensland

15 October

Maddy McAllister
Museum of Tropical Queensland/James Cook University

Mystery Shipwrecks – clues to the Kenn Reef unidentified sites

22 October

Chelsea Wiseman
Flinders University

Solving for the Unknown: methodological approaches to submerged landscape archaeology

29 October

Sam Lin
University of Wollongong

Developing hypotheses of hominin mobility and lithic procurement at Liang Bua: A simulation approach

Fridays, 1-2pm
Cairns: D3-063
Townsville: 004-132

Zoom: Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://jcu.zoom.us/j/83949437783?pwd=M2x2dTI5cExLQ1NYTnFMYTQxMEFpQT09 Password: 526802

NB: Archaeology-related events that are not part of the Friday TARL Seminar Series are in italics.


5 February 2021 - 1-2pm, Room: CNS B001-107

Owen Ray

PhD candidature confirmation seminar: The rise and fall of a North Queensland mining town:
The cultural landscape of Mungana and its associated mines.

Zoom link: https://jcu.zoom.us/j/82223428296?pwd=TiszbmlyNXB1M3NuQlg1dFdweDVaUT09

26 February 2021

Joshua Connelly

Holocene technological organisation on the eastern Hamersley Plateau, Western Australia

5 March 2021

Geraldine Mate & Sean Ulm

Australian Archaeology in Profile: Summary results of the 2020 survey

12 March 2021

Sarah Collins

Old Smithfield Township: The research story so far

19 March 2021

Michael Bird

A global survey of the state isotope composition of human bone collagen

26 March 2021

Bob Wasson

Almost everything is history: how the past can be used for the future

2 April 2021

No seminar -  Easter Friday

9 April 2021

No seminar -  Semester Break

16 April 2021

Cassandra Rowe

An introduction to Marura

23 April 2021

Nigel Chang

Archaeometallurgy, Environment, and Landscape in Upland Laos: Its Impact on 'WorldViews' during the Transition from the Bronze Age to Early States in SE Asia

30 April 2021

Katherine Cameron

People and Pots at Vilabouly: finding people in pottery

4 May 2021

9-10.30am, Room: CNS D3.054

Sarah Slater

PhD candidature confirmation seminar: Understanding Kwokkunum Shell Mounds as Landscape Engineering: A Spatial and Temporal Archaeological approach.

Zoom link: https://jcu.zoom.us/j/89646620130?pwd=Y3pDT1hLRkFCU1UvQy9YdUEwTmdndz09

7 May 2021

  • Daniel England - 'For A Few Horses More: The Role of Domesticated Livestock in the Development of North Queensland
  • Tate Devantier-Thomas - Shaping the Stone: An experimental approach to the Plain of Jars megaliths.

14 May 2021

Jason Kariwiga

Trade and Mobility: Creating a Strontium isoscape of the Papuan Coast

21 May 2021

Chris Wurster

Indigenous impacts on north Australian savanna fire regimes over the Holocene

28 May 2021

9.30-11.30am, Room: TSV 004-006, CNS D003-063. AR4006 Honours Thesis confirmation seminars:

  • Georgina Skelly - Sea Level Change and Paleolandscapes: Investigating Submerged Aboriginal Cultural Heritage in Trinity Bay, Far North Queensland
  • Cailey Maclaurin - Investigating human-marine interactions and feedbacks across the mid-to-late Holocene using morphometric analyses of shellfish in the Lizard Island Group
  • Jessica Hurst - Skeletons in boxes: osteobiographies of two teaching skeletons with discussion on the ethics of using human skeletal remains for research and teaching.
  • Zachary Callahan - Finding Harry. A re-examination of the skeletal remains from the Pandora shipwreck

Zoom link: https://jcu.zoom.us/j/87550561246?pwd=S2dtam9WbXBNZ01WaThWd013U3lzZz09

28 May 2021

Bryce Barker

Pathways Through Sahul: The Archaeology of the Great Papuan Plateau.

Fridays, 1-2pm

Cairns: D003- 063
Townsville: 004-132

NB: Archaeology-related events that are not part of the Friday TARL Seminar Series are in italics.


  • 4 February - 9-10am, TSV room 039-252; CNS room A1.129 Richard Wright Recovering Australian War Dead from North Eastern France, Fromelles
  • 28 February - TSV room change: 145-030 Daniel Derouet An Archaeological Analysis of Cultural Sequences Dated to 1877-739 at Caution Bay, Papua New Guinea: Investigating Changing Settlement Patterns and Social Cohesion Join via Zoom: https://jcu.zoom.us/j/181937725
  • 2-4 March - Hilton Cairns Luke Godwin CABAH RT&E: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Heritage Management: Plotting a Course; Knowing Your Tools and How to Use Them
  • 5 March - Hilton Cairns Michael Bird, Chris Wurster, Jennifer Whan CABAH RT&E: Stable Isotopes in Archaeological and Quaternary Research [You must be registered for this course to attend]
  • 6 March - CNS D3-063  Michael Bird, Chris Wurster, Jennifer Whan CABAH RT&E: Stable Isotopes in Archaeological and Quaternary Research [You must be registered for this course to attend]
  • 13 March Nigel Chang Archaeology, Communities and Landscape Transformation in the 2020s in Thailand Join via Zoom: https://jcu.zoom.us/j/181937725
  • 20 March Matthew Leavesley The Papuan Pasts Project: A Multi-Disciplinary Approach to Investigating the Peopling of PNG Join via Zoom: https://jcu.zoom.us/j/181937725
  • 1 May  Lauren Linnenlucke Applying Chronometric Quality Standards to Evaluate the Reliability of Data from Archaeological Sites in the Torres Strait Join via Zoom: https://jcu.zoom.us/j/181937725
  • 15 May  Olivia Arnold Dingaal Lizard Island Rock Art Join via Zoom: https://jcu.zoom.us/j/181937725
  • 22 May Anna Kreij Characterising Fire Technologies on Kaiadilt Country using Satellite Data Join via Zoom: https://jcu.zoom.us/j/181937725
  • 29 May Fiona Hook, Sean Ulm, Kim Akerman, Richard Fullagar Baler Shell Knives in Northern Australia: A Comparative Study of Archaeological, Experimental and Ethnographic Data Join via Zoom: https://jcu.zoom.us/j/181937725

Fridays, 1-2pm

Cairns: D003- 054
Townsville: 145-030

NB: Archaeology-related events that are not part of the Friday TARL Seminar Series are in italics.


  • 31 July - Helen Ball: Early States and their Pottery in Northeast Thailand (AD 300-800). Join via Zoom: https://jcu.zoom.us/j/181937725
  • 7 August - Cassandra Rowe: Girraween Pollen Sequence. Join via Zoom: https://jcu.zoom.us/j/181937725
  • 14 August - Redbird Ferguson: Grinding Tools and Specialised Toolkits during Late-Lapita Settlement on Tongatapu, Kingdom of Tonga. Join via Zoom: https://jcu.zoom.us/j/181937725
  • 21 August - Owen Ray: The Cultural Landscape of Mungana, Chillagoe, 1900-1958. Join via Zoom: https://jcu.zoom.us/j/181937725
  • 28 August - Patrick Moss: People, Sea Levels and Salt Marsh – Environmental Change for the Last Millennia from the Coastal Salt Marshes of South East Australia. Join via Zoom: https://jcu.zoom.us/j/181937725
  • 4 September - Maria Rivera Araya: Multi-Proxy Evidence of Long-Term Environmental Change in Northern Australia's Tropical Savannas. Join via Zoom: https://jcu.zoom.us/j/181937725
  • 11 September - Bob Wasson: Palaeofloods for Mine Site Rehabilitation in Kakadu National Park, NT. Join via Zoom: https://jcu.zoom.us/j/181937725
  • 18 September - Ting Li: Climatological Inference from Geochemical Signatures (TOC, C/N ratio and δ13C) of Bulk Organic Matter at Lake Barrine, Australia. Join via Zoom: https://jcu.zoom.us/j/181937725
  • 25 September - Pauline O’Keeffe and Jan Wegner: Using the Cairns Historical Society Image and Document Collections for Research. Join via Zoom: https://jcu.zoom.us/j/181937725
  • 9 October - Ben Shaw: New Evidence for Lapita Settlement of the Massim Islands in Eastern New Guinea: Chronology, Extent and Implications for Regional Cultural Developments. Join via Zoom: https://jcu.zoom.us/j/181937725
  • 16 October - Katie Woo: Shifting Palaeoeconomies in the East Alligator River Region. Join via Zoom: https://jcu.zoom.us/j/181937725
  • 23 October - Roxanne Tsang: Current Rock Art Themes in Papua New Guinea. Join via Zoom: https://jcu.zoom.us/j/181937725
  • 30 October - Jonathan Benjamin: Deep History of Sea Country. Join via Zoom: https://jcu.zoom.us/j/181937725

Fridays, 1-2pm

Cairns: A3-001
Townsville: 134-102

NB: Archaeology-related events that are not part of the Friday TARL Seminar Series are in italics.


  • 22 February - Bronwen Forster and Claire Ovaska: Effective Library Research Methods in the Social Sciences [CNS: B1.104 / TSV: 2-102]
  • 1 March - Nigel Chang: Individual, family, site, ‘community’ or region? – thinking across spatial & social scale in prehistoric Laos & Thailand
  • 14 March - Anna Kreij: Making Kaiadilt Country: Investigating Long-Term Landscape Transformation [CNS: D003-063, TSV: 134-102]
  • 15 March - Rebecca Bliege Bird: We make country, and country makes us: Fire and the shaping of hunter gatherer social organization
  • 22 March - Ted Brandi and John Edgar: Townsville City Council Involvement with recent Archaeological Discoveries
  • 29 March - Johnny Murison and Alice Buhrich: The life and death of a rainforest dendroglyph
  • 5 April - Michael Bird & Sean Ulm: 'The Filling of the Continent': Modelling the Peopling of Sahul
  • 12 April - Russell Singleton: The rise and fall of Mega-Lake Eyre
  • 16 April 2019 - Mojca Zega: Deep sand time capsules: past environmental records from sediments surrounding Gledswood Shelter 1, Northwest Queensland, Australia [10 am, CNS: E2-113, TSV: 134-102]
  • 26 April - Geoff Bailey: Coastal Colonisation and Australia:  Key Questions in World Prehistory
  • 3 May - Robert Wasson: Palaeofloods, complexity and risk
  • 10 May - Ariana Lambrides: Zooarchaeological meta-analysis of Queensland’s Holocene Indigenous fisheries
  • 17 May - Kate Domett: The Bioarchaeology of Non Ban Jak, and Iron Age community in northeast Thailand
  • 24 May - Honours Confirmation and Exit seminars: Starting from 10am until 3pm, tentatively CAS B1-107 and TSV 040-105
  • 31 May - Xennophon Hadeen: Climate Reconstruction in Northern Australia using biomarkers (alkanes)

Fridays, 1-2pm

Cairns: A3-002
Townsville: 134-102

NB: Archaeology-related events that are not part of the Friday TARL Seminar Series are in italics.


  • 2 August - Madeline McAlister: Seeing is Believing: image-based interpretation the problem of ‘digital realism’ in underwater archaeology
  • 9 August - TSV room change: 142-033 Gavin Singleton: Bulmba-wu maminga-lum - bio-cultural and heritage management through a Yirrganydji lens
  • 16 August - Kelly Wiltshire: Excavating Archaeology: Using Archival Film Footage to Ethnographically Study the Cultural Practice of Archaeology
  • 23 August - Madeline McAlister: Seeing is Believing: image-based interpretation the problem of ‘digital realism’ in underwater archaeology
  • 30 August - TSV room change: 142-033 - Jonathan Benjamin: Prospecting for Submerged Archaeology on Australia's Continental Shelf: The Deep History of Sea Country
  • 2 September - Lucy Pedersen: PhD CONFIRMATION SEMINAR: Chronological metamorphosis: An evaluation and revision of age-at-death estimation methods for human skeletal remains from a Southeast Asia population. 11.30am - 1pm TSV: 39-201 CNS: D1.123
  • 6 September - Sarah Slater: Archaeological Mud Shell (Geloina expansa) on Kaiadilt Country, South Wellesley Islands
  • 13 September - Garth Abercrombie: Excavating an early Cycladic Marine Sanctuary in the Aegean: Keros Field School 2017
  • 20 September - Das Sourav: An algorithm for characterization of a landslide
  • 27 September - Jon Nott:Grey swan tropical cyclones, palaeo-records and coastal planning and management
  • 11 October - Theodora Moutsiou and Christian Reepmeyer: Finding Palaeolithic sites on Cyprus
  • 18 October - Anna Willis: Unrecovered War Casualties - Army - Finding the Fallen
  • 25 October - Emma Rehn: Fire and Environmental Change in Northern Australia during the Late Holocene
  • 1 November - Michael Slack: Australian Archaeological Association Reconciliation Action Plan Workshop

Fridays, 1-2pm

Cairns: D3-063
Townsville: 009-002

NB: Archaeology-related events that are not part of the Friday TARL Seminar Series are in italics.


  • 21 February - Michael Bird: TESS Seminar: Introducing the ARC Centre for Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage (CABAH) [NB: 4-5pm, Room D3.054 (CNS) with a live video link to Townsville ATSIP Theatre 145.030]
  • 23 February - Chris Wurster: Barriers and Bridges: The biogeographic theatre of SE Asia and its ever-changing stage
  • 2 March - Niels Munksgaard: Stable isotopes in precipitation and paleoclimatic archives in tropical areas to improve regional hydrological and climatic impact models - an IAEA program
  • 9 March - Costijn Zwart: There is more to rainfall isotopic variability than rainfall amount
  • 21 March - Zenobia Jacobs: TESS Seminar: Human occupation of Sahul by 65,000 years ago: Excavations, context and construction of the timeline for human occupation [NB: 4-5pm, Room D3.054 (CNS) with a live video link to Townsville ATSIP Theatre 145.030]
  • 23 March - Sarah Collins, Geraldine Mate & Sean Ulm: Scratched Surfaces: Dialogic Remains of Tangible and Ephemeral European Inscription across the Palimpsest Landscape of Sweers
  • 6 April - Nigel Chang: Big Test Pits: looking for the Neolithic at Non Ban Jak, a (mostly) Iron Age site in NE Thailand
  • 13 April - Simon Haberle: Sago production, human impacts, climate change, and ecological dynamics at Lake Kutubu: A new palaeoecological record from the humid tropics of southern Papua New Guinea
  • 20 April - Jim O'Connell and Jim Allen: (Lecture recess) On the purported 65 ka archaeological date from Madjedbebe (formerly Malakunanja II)
  • 27 April - Lauren Linnenlucke: Single-grain optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) dating of terminal Pleistocene and early Holocene human occupation sites in the Dhofar region of Oman
  • 4 May - Anna Hayes: Heritage Lost: The Destruction of Old Kashgar
  • 11 May - Ariana Lambrides: Archaeological tuna records and the implications for assessing ENSO variability in the western and central Pacific Ocean: a case study from the Marshall Islands, Micronesia
  • 18 May - Graeme Cotter: Experimental Archaeology: An Evaluation of the Impact of Human Trampling on an Archaeological Deposit
  • 25 May - Nathan Woolford: Our Genomes, Our Heritage

Fridays, 1-2pm

Cairns: D3-063
Townsville: 301-007 (Except September where we have room 142-033)

NB: Archaeology-related events that are not part of the Friday TARL Seminar Series are in italics.


  • 3 August - Maddy Fowler: UNESCO 2001 Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage: Highlights from the 2018 Meetings
  • 10 August - Robert Wasson: Time and Quaternary Studies: Convergence or Emergence?
  • 24 August - Kate Domett: Trauma at Ban Non Wat: A Bioarchaeological Synthesis
  • 31 August - Keith Fifield: An Introduction to Cosmogenic Isotopes – Principles and Practice
  • 7 September - Maria Rivera Araya: Highlights of the National Lacustrine Core Facility (LacCore) Summer Institute 2018 (TSV room 142-033)
  • 14 September - Katherine Cameron: Potters and Miners: Investigating the Prehistoric Ceramics of the Vilabouly Complex of Ancient Copper Mining Sites (Sepon), Lao PDR (TSV room 142-033)
  • 21 September - Graeme Cotter: The Enigma of Irvinebank Mining: A Study in Cultural Ecology (TSV room 142-033)
  • 24 September - Sean Ulm & Ian McNiven: An Update on the Lizard Island Archaeological Project: Investigating Dingaal Seascapes on the Great Barrier Reef in Far North Queensland (CNS D3-150)
  • 5 October - Daryl Killin: The Burning Question of Savanna
  • 12 October - Texas Nagel: Using UAVs, Photogrammetry and GIS to Investigate Kaiadilt Aboriginal Stone-Walled Intertidal Fish Traps in the South Wellesley Islands, Gulf of Carpentaria
  • 19 October - Mojca Zega: The Impact of Human Activities on Dolines (Sinkholes) on Karst and Possibilities of their Preservation
  • 26 October - Martin Nakata: Tagai STEM Project

Fridays, 4-5pm

Cairns: B001-107
Townsville: Week 1: 009-001; Week 2 onwards: ATSIP room 145-030

NB: Events that are not part of the Friday TARL Seminar Series are in italics.


  • 10 February - Shimona Kealey: Views from Shores Past: Palaeogeographic Reconstructions as an Aid for Interpreting the Movement of Early Modern Humans on and Between the Islands of Wallacea [NB: 3pm, Room B1-107 (CNS), TBA (TSV)
  • 24 February - Tahnee Innes: PhD CONFIRMATION SEMINAR: Curating Country: Storied Artefacts and Aboriginal Collecting [NB: 2-3pm, Room A4.002 (CNS) / 4-006 (TNS)]
  • 24 February - Maddy Fowler: "Maritime" Archaeology at Point Pearce Aboriginal Mission/Burgiyana
  • 28 February - Texas Nagel: PhD CONFIRMATION SEMINAR: Engineered Land and Seascapes: Using UAVs and Photogrammetry to Investigate Kaiadilt Aboriginal Stone-Walled Intertidal Fish Traps in the South Wellesley Islands, Gulf of Carpentaria [NB: 10-11am, Room D3.003 (CNS) / 134-105 (TNS)] 
  • 3 March - Sam Aird: Lightning Strikes and Green Ant Nests: 5 Months Searching for Archaeological Sites in the Remote Lizard Island Group, Great Barrier Reef
  • 10 March - Redbird Ferguson and Christian Reepmeyer: A Tonga Fieldwork Update
  • 17 March - Nigel Chang and friends: Do I have to start getting interested in these damn pottery sherds....?
  • 21 March - Sam Aird: PhD CONFIRMATION SEMINAR: Long-Term Aboriginal Marine Resource Use on the Great Barrier Reef: An Archaeozoological Approach to Characterising Impacts [NB: 10-11am, Room D3.063 (CNS) / 134-102 (TNS)] 
  • 24 March - Emma Rehn: Fire and Environmental Change in Northern Australia during the Late Holocene
  • 7 April - Paul Dirks and Eric Roberts: Difficulties and pitfalls of dating hominin fossils in caves
  • 21 April - Nick Roberts: Bridging the Divide in Heritage: Cultural Heritage Management at the Sepon Gold and Copper Mine, Lao PDR.
  • 28 April - Robin Torrence: 'Excavating' Ethnographic Collections to Reconstruct Indigenous Perspectives on Colonialism
  • 5 May - Texas Nagel: Stones in the Sea: Using UAVs and Photogrammetry to Investigate Kaiadilt Aboriginal Stone-Walled Intertidal Fish Traps in the South Wellesley Islands, Gulf of Carpentaria
  • 12 May - Michael Bird: A Geologist's View of Human Dispersal Routes to Sahul
  • 19 May - Anna Willis: An Osteobiography of an Individual from the Bronze Age Site of Nyaung’gan, Myanmar
  • 26 May - Cailey Maclaurin: Magic Molluscs: Illuminating Mollusc Pigment Patterning Using Ultraviolet Fluorescence.

Fridays, 4-5pm

Cairns: B001-107
Townsville: 004-006

NB: Events that are not part of the Friday TARL Seminar Series are in italics.


  • 2 August  - Michael Bird: Getting into Print in the Sciences >[NB: 12pm-2pm, Room D3-063 (CNS) / 145-030 (TSV)]
  • 2 August - Sean Ulm: Getting into Print in the Humanities and Social Sciences [NB: 2pm-4pm, Room D3-063 (CNS) / 145-030 (TSV)]
  • 4 August - Paul Dirks & Eric Roberts: Homo naledi’s surprisingly young age and its implications for human evolution
  • 11 August - Sandra Boswell: Analysis of 17th and 18th Century Laos Pottery Motifs
  • 18 August - Maria Jose Rivera Araya: Assessing Stable Isotope Data from Archaeological White-Tailed Deer Remains as a Palaeoenvironmental Proxy at the Site of La Joyanca, Northwestern Peten, Yucatan Peninsula
  • 25 August - Michael Bird & Sean Ulm: Transforming our Understanding of Australia's Indigenous Heritage and Environmental Past: Introducing the New ARC Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage
  • 1 September - Sean Ulm & Ian McNiven: An Update on the Lizard Island Archaeological Project: Investigating Dingaal Seascapes on the Great Barrier Reef, Far North Queensland
  • 15 September - Fiona Petchey: Dating the First Settlement of Remote Oceania
  • 20 September - Peter Veth: TESS Seminar: The Archaeology of Barrow Island: The Atlantis of the Northern Australia [NB: 4-5pm, Room D3.054 (CNS) with a live video link to Townsville ATSIP Theatre 145.030]
  • 22 September - Jo McDonald: Murujuga: Dynamics of the Dreaming
  • 6 October - Cassandra Rowe: Sinkholes, swamps and savanna: a palaeoecological update.
  • 20 October  - Theodora Moutsiou: Raw Material Movement in Early Holocene Mediterranean Seascapes: the view from Cyprus.

Fridays, 2-3pm

Cairns: A21.002
Townsville: 009-002


DatePresenterTitle
26 February 2016Michelle RichardsUnderstanding the Distribution and Popularity of Pacific 'Greenstone' Adzes
2 March 2016Helene PeckPhD PRE-COMPLETION SEMINAR: The Application of Ecological Models and Trophic Analyses to Archaeological Marine Fauna Assemblages: Towards Improved Understandings of Prehistoric Marine Fisheries and Ecosystems in Tropical Australia [NB: Room A21-001 (CNS) / 009-001 (TNS)
4 March 2016Luke Godwin and Ian McNivenStrands of Connection: Darumbal Native Title and the Management of Marine Resources
11 March 2016Clair DaveyAn Examination of the Lithic Assemblages of Dhaba, India (78-22kya): Evidence for Lithic Continuity in Pre- and Post-Toba Environments
18 March 2016Galiina (Kal) EllwoodAboriginal Miner-Prospectors: Continuity, Choice and Technology Transfer in North Queensland Mining Provinces
25 March 2016NO MEETINGNO MEETING – GOOD FRIDAY
1 April 2016Geoff ClarkHuman Colonisation of Oceanic Islands in Prehistory: A Trans-Oceanic Analysis
8 April 2016Emilie Dotte'From the Pilbara to Tahiti with a Microscope (and a Saw)': Developing Anthracology in Oceania: Recent Projects Conducted in Australia and the Pacific
15 April 2016Noelene ColeNational Heritage Listing of Quinkan Rock Art: An Archaeological Perspective
22 April 2016NO MEETINGNO MEETING – MID-SEMESTER BREAK
29 April 2016James MoloneyGIS and Remote Sensing in Archaeology and Resource Management in Northeast Thailand
6 May 2016Michael WestawayHuman Evolution in Sunda and Sahul
12 May 2016Catherine LivingstonPhD CONFIRMATION SEMINAR: Who were the People of Prehistoric Vilabouly? Exploring Origins and Relationships through Archaeometallurgy [NB: Room 004-006 (TVS) / B1-107 (CNS)
13 May 2016Greg Siepen and Alice BuhrichProfessional Workshop on Aboriginal Scarred Trees: Significance, Conservation and Management of Veteran Eucalypts in the Landscape (All Day Event)
20 May 2016Jan Wegner

Mining Remains in Queensland, 1870s-1920s: What's the Story?

27 May 2016Michael BirdHumans, Megafauna and Environmental Change in Tropical Australia
30 June 2016Puangtip KerdsapPhD PRE-COMPLETION SEMINAR: Everyday Life in Prehistoric Thailand: What can the Spindle Whorls tell us? [NB: Room B1-031 (CNS) / 009-001 (TNS)

Fridays, 2-3pm

Cairns: A21.002
Townsville: 009-002

NB: Events that are not part of the Friday TARL Seminar Series are in italics.


  • 12 July - PhD PRE-COMPLETION SEMINAR: A Novel Application of Sclerochronology and Scleroisotope Analysis: Forging New Understandings of Aboriginal Occupation in the South Wellesley Archipelago, Gulf of Carpentaria [NB: 9:30am-10:30am, Room A21-002 (CNS) / 009-001 (TNS)]
  • 29 July - Lynley Wallis: Investigating the Painted Rock Art of the Central Pilbara
  • 5 August - Christa Placzek: An Update on Archaeological and Palaeoenvironmental Research on Barrow Island, Northwest Australia
  • 10 August - Gordon Stenhouse: PhD PRE-COMPLETION SEMINAR: Zooarchaeological Analysis of Animal Resources in the Upper Mun River Valley, Northeast Thailand: A Shift from Wild to Domestic [NB: 2-3pm, Room A21-002 (CNS) / 145-030 (TNS)]
  • 10 August - Jim O'Connell: TESS Seminar: The Restaurant Revisited: More on Modeling the Human Colonization of Pleistocene Sahul [NB: 4-5pm, Room A3.2 (CNS) with a live video link to the Townsville Audiovisual Services Room 002 (9-002)]
  • 12 August - Christian Reepmeyer: The Potential of QEMSCAN and GEOBIA (Object Based Image Analysis) for the Identification of Temper Grains in Ceramics
  • 19 August - Matthew Felgate: Studying Change through Time AD1400-AD1720, at  Tamaki, Auckland, NZ: Radiocarbon Calibration, or why Never to believe an Archaeologist
  • 26 August - Redbird Ferguson: An AINSE Winter School Experience
  • 2 September - Collin Storlie: How the eResearch Centre and Queensland Cyber Infrastructure Foundation can Power-Up Archaeological Research
  • 9 September - Rainer Grün Direct Dating of Human Fossils [NB: 1-2pm, Room 145-030 (TVS) / A21.001 (CNS)]
  • 9 September - Nikki Winn Boundaries, Connections and Cultural Heritage Management Challenges: The Rock Art of the Chillagoe-Mungana Limestone Belt, North Queensland
  • 16 September - Texas Nagel: Engineered Land and Seascapes: Using UAVs and Photogrammetry to Investigate Kaiadilt Aboriginal Stone-Walled Intertidal Fish traps in the South Wellesley Islands, Gulf of Carpentaria
  • 21 September - Mike Rowland: TESS Seminar: Confessions of an 'Environmental Determinist' (sic) [NB: 4-5pm, Room A3.2 (CNS) with a live video link to the Townsville Audiovisual Services Room 002 (9-002)]
  • 23 September - Mike Rowland: 'Crows', Swimming Logs and Auditory Exostoses: Aboriginal Occupation of the Keppel Islands, Central Queensland Coast
  • 5 October - Alan Williams: TESS Seminar: Population and Mobility of Prehistoric Australia – Developing a Regional Framework for Archaeological and Palaeo-Climatic Correlations [NB: 4-5pm, Room A3.2 (CNS) with a live video link to the Townsville Audiovisual Services Room 002 (9-002)]
  • 6 October - Sean Ulm: Inaugural Professorial Lecture: The Deep History of Sea Country: Colonisation, Submerged Landscapes and the Archaeology of Australia's Coasts [NB: 6-8pm, Pullman Cairns International]
  • 14 October - Karen Joyce: Trials and Tribulations of using Drones and Remote Sensing for Environmental Monitoring
  • 21 October - Nigel Chang and Friends: Updates on JCU Archaeology in Laos: Two and a Half Projects
  • 26 October - Selene Kenady: PhD PRE-COMPLETION SEMINAR: Geophysical Explorations of Archaeological Shell Matrix Sites: Evaluating Geophysical Techniques in Determining the Boundaries, Structure and Volume of Buried Shell Deposits [NB: 1-2pm, Room D3-003 (CNS) / 134-105 (TNS)]
  • 28 October - Theodora Moutsiou: The Obsidian Evidence for the Scale of Social Life during the Palaeolithic
  • 10 November - Alice Buhrich: PhD PRE-COMPLETION SEMINAR: Art and Identity: Aboriginal Rock Art and Dendroglyphs of Queensland's Wet Tropics [NB: 10-11am, Room A21-002 (CNS) / 9-001 (TNS)]
  • 14 November - Jonathan Walz: An Archaeology of Africa-Indian Ocean Entanglement Inland of the Swahili Coast, Tanzania, c.AD 750-1350 [NB: 3-4pm, Room A21.002 (CNS) / 009.001 (TNS)]

Fridays, 3-4pm

Cairns: A21.002*
Townsville: Audio Visual Services room 001 (9-001)*

* Room changes for special events noted below.


  • 27 February - Sean Ulm: Introduction to TARL
  • 6 March - Nigel Chang: Archaeology on the 'Plain of Jars', Lao PDR: New Sites, New Sources of Support and New Opportunities for JCU Students
  • 13 March - Sean Ulm: Naïve Island Landscapes: Recent Research in the South Wellesley Archipelago, Southern Gulf of Carpentaria
  • 20 March - Alison Fitzpatrick: Stone Arrangements in the Lizard Island Group: Results from a Study of Indigenous Seascapes in Northeastern Australia
  • 27 March - Marianne Clarkson: The Ceramics from Hervey Range: An Assessment of Gentility 10 April 2015 Shelley Greer - 'Sense & Sensibility': Heritage in the Australian Tropics
  • 17 April - Kate Cameron: Through the Looking Glass: Unlocking the Secrets of an Ancient Mining Society through Ceramic Studies
  • 24 April - Kate Domett: A Synthesis of Bioarchaeological Research in Cambodia: Regional Significance
  • 8 May - Clair Davey: Technological Changes during the Pleistocene in South Asia
  • 15 May - Cassandra Rowe: Weipa's Water and Woodlands: A Palaeoenvironmental History of Big Willum Swamp
  • 22 May - Paul Dirks: Hominin Distribution and the Evolving Landscape in Southern Africa
  • 23 May - Clair Davey: Workshop: Advanced Stone Artefact Analysis Workshop. * Room A4.204
  • 27 May - Christian Reepmeyer: TESS Seminar: Climate Change in the Abandonment of Islands: Understanding Human Responses and Population Dynamics in Palau, Micronesia. * A3.2 (Cairns) / 9-002 (Townsville)
  • 29 May - Christian Reepmeyer: An Update on Island Southeast Asian and Pacific Archaeology: Current Projects and Perspectives
  • 30 May - Selene Kenady: Workshop: Excavating and Constructing a Geophysical Test Plot at JCU Cairns

Fridays, 3-4pm

Cairns: B1.107
Townsville: Education Central, Room 102


  • 31 July - Sean Ulm: Naïve Island Landscapes: Recent Research in the South Wellesley Archipelago, Southern Gulf of Carpentaria
  • 7 August - Belinda Duke: Applying Social Memory in the Interpretations of Social and Environmental Change at the Mound Site Ban Non Wat, Northeast Thailand
  • 14 August - Åsa Ferrier: Journeys into the Rainforest: Archaeology, Ethnography and Palaeoecology on the Atherton/Evelyn Tableland, Far North Queensland
  • 21 August - Geraldine Mate & Sean Ulm: Professional Archaeology as a Shifting Mosaic: Results of the 2015 Australian Archaeology in Profile Survey
  • 28 August - Christian Reepmeyer: The Talasiu site on Tongatapu, Kingdom of Tonga: Investigating the Ancestral Polynesian Society
  • 4 September - Robin Twaddle: Using Polymesoda coaxans for Radiocarbon Dating and as an Environmental Proxy in Tropical Northern Australia
  • 11 September - Sam Aird & Redbird Ferguson: Reflecting on Attending the 8th International Lapita Conference, Port Vila, Vanuatu: A Pathway to Analysing the Arapus Shellfish Assemblage and Community Engagement
  • 18 September - Nigel Chang: New Research in Thailand and Lao 25 September 2015 Lucy Pedersen Evidence for Conflict in Prehistoric Southeast Asia: A Life of Conflict or Peace?
  • 9 October - Gordon Grimwade: Battlegrounds of the Southern Torres Strait: Archaeology and Conservation
  • 16 October - Anna Kreij High Resolution UAS Photogrammetry of Indigenous Stone-Walled Tidal Fishtraps in Northern Australia – Behind the Scenes
  • 23 October - Paul Dirks: Discovering Homo naledi
  • 30 October - René Vellanoweth: Integrating Technology, Economy, Exchange, and Religion: Understanding Native American Sites on the California Channel Islands