Associate Professor of Archaeological Science:
Dr Ian Moffat
Dr Ian Moffat is an archaeological scientist who mainly works with geological techniques. His principal research focus is examining the effect of climate variation on human evolution based on sediments from archaeological rock shelter sites in South Africa, Indonesia and Australia. Applying methods including geophysics, sediment analysis and isotope geochemistry, he is developing new climate proxies and understanding the depositional history of these sites.
A related area of interest is the isotopic and trace element analysis of biogenic materials (including tooth, bone and otoliths) to examine mobility, diet, maternal behaviour and climate. This includes the analysis of the mobility of animals in Palaeolithic France and Israel, the maternal behaviour of early hominins and the diet and mobility of colonial era migrants in Adelaide, using recent developments in the field of laser ablation analysis to undertake spatially resolved in-situ measurements.