The Department of Archaeology & Natural History is a world leader in the archaeology and palaeoecology of Australia, the Pacific Islands and Southeast Asia. A major strength of archaeology at the university is its integration of traditional archaeological excavation with science-based investigations of environmental change for the areas being studied. Thus palaeo-environmental research, which explores changing landscapes over time, is based in the department. The analysis of biological remains (pollen, diatoms, charcoal, shell, bone, eggshell etc) and archaeological materials such as rock art, pottery glazes and decoration, use wear patterns, weathering rinds on stone tools, metals and fabrics all now require the use of digital imagery and high powered light microscopy.
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