2015 Grants


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This project plans to conduct a systematic archaeological study of the Queensland Native Mounted Police. While previous studies have focused on policing activities as revealed by the historical record, this project will combine material, oral and historical evidence from a range of sites across central and northern Queensland to understand more fully the activities, lives and legacies of the Native Police. This project aims to provide an alternative lens through which to understand the nature of frontier conflict, initiate new understandings of the Aboriginal and settler experience, and contribute to global studies of Indigenous responses to colonialism. Associate Professor Heather Burke; Professor Bryce Barker; Professor Iain Davidson; Dr Lynley Wallis; Dr Noelene Cole; Ms Elizabeth Hatte; Dr Larry Zimmerman ARC Discovery
This project aims to trial new techniques for extracting environmental information from the sediments contained within archaeological rock shelters. Homo sapiens evolved during a period of dramatic climate variation, which almost certainly influenced human development and global dispersal. High-resolution climate records are rarely available for Pleistocene archaeological sites and so it is challenging to quantify the degree of behavioural response to environmental change. This project aims to apply novel geophysical and geochemical techniques to provide new climate records for Indonesia and South Africa, facilitate correlation with other climate archives and thus create a means of directly evaluating the degree of environmental influence on human behavioural evolution. Dr Ian Moffat ARC Discovery
The project seeks to showcase the personal benefits, from social to emotional and psychological wellbeing, of learning a second language and will be employing techniques including Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL). Dr Antonella Strambi and Dr Ann Luzeckyj Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching