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Science of the Past: Australian Archaeology

Archaeology is the scientific study of the past cultures and their lifeways through the recovery and analysis of material remains and environmental data. The past comes alive through this interactive, hands-on workshop, illustrating the scientific techniques employed by Australian archaeologists.

When: Saturday, August 10 2019. 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
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Where: Fraser Coast Cultural Centre
5 Walker Street, Maryborough , QLD, 4650
Topic: Archaeology and antiquity, Environment and nature
Cost: Free
Other: Wheelchair access

Science of the Past workshop comprises interactive activities that give participants experience in authentic scientific artefact analysis used in archaeology today.

Participants will be actively engaged working with microscopes, geophysical instruments, drone technology, photogrammetry and remote sensing imagery to interpret sites in the Australian landscape. Participants will also conduct an experiment to generate their own microscopic residues and use-wear on stone tools, and then compare their results with residues and use-wear found on real artefacts.

The workshop will demonstrate scientific techniques used to study Australia’s prehistory, and underscore the importance of experimentation and the integration of multiple lines of evidence in making archaeological interpretations. Activities are designed to complement the new 2019 Queensland curriculum, where Indigenous content is mandated. This day-long workshop is hosted by an expert team of specialist archaeologists.

The event will be held at the Fraser Coast Cultural Centre, with an emphasis on coastal archaeology, as National Science Week coincides with the Hervey Bay Ocean Festival.

Contact details:

Serena Love
Everick Foundation
Email: s.love@everick.net.au
Phone: 07 3211 4478

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