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Two new exhibits exploring archaeological and Indigenous science knowledge systems have been installed at the Queensland Museum by CABAH’s Dr Britt Asmussen. The two display cases speak to archaeological and Indigenous science knowledge systems, and link strongly to CABAH’s E&E program, particularly in terms of audience engagement and curriculum links. […]

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Deputy Director recognised as leader in Australian Archaeology

CABAH’s Deputy Director Professor Sean Ulm has been awarded the Rhys Jones Medal for Outstanding Contribution to Australian Archaeology. The Rhys Jones Medal is the highest award offered by the Australian Archaeological Association. It was established in honour of Rhys Jones (1941-2001) to mark his enormous contribution to the development […]

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CABAH researchers named as 2017 Highly Cited

CABAH researchers Distinguished Professor Bert Roberts and Professor Zenobia Jacobs (pictured), both based at the University of Wollongong (UOW), have been named in the 2017 list of Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researchers, a respected global list of the most influential researchers, based on citations in Web of Science. The list […]

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CABAH researchers awarded ARC grants

CABAH researchers were successfully awarded grants from the Australian Research Council for projects commencing in 2018. Professor Ian McNiven (pictured) was awarded an ARC Discovery Project grant for his project Archaeology of a Torres Strait reef island community. This archaeology project aims to document the long-term development of socioeconomic strategies by […]

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Researchers embark on Lizard Island field trip

CABAH researchers Sean Ulm and Ian McNiven today embarked on a field trip to the Lizard Island group to document the archaeology of Dingaal seascapes. Nobody in the office is feeling very sorry for them!  

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Professor Russell gives Australian History Lecture

CABAH Partner Investigator Professor Lynette Russell from Monash University gave the 2nd Bicentennial Australian History Lecture today at the University of Sydney’s Department of History. Professor Russell spoke about how we understand, imagine, visualise and create narratives for 50,000 years of Australian history. “As commonly presented, Australia’s past seems to […]

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New $46M national research centre to explore Australia’s human and environmental history

Australia’s distinctive character is captured in its unique natural and human history. Yet much of this story remains unknown. How did Indigenous Australians and our endemic fauna and flora respond and adapt to periods of climatic stress, and what lessons can be learnt that will help our environment and society […]

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ARC Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage

Now is the time to tell a culturally inclusive, globally significant environmental history of Australia We like to call it Australia’s Epic Story. Australia has been shaped as a nation by its natural, historic and Indigenous heritage. To adapt successfully to future changes, we must dramatically improve our understanding of Australia’s past. The ARC Centre of Australian Biodiversity and Heritage (CABAH) will undertake research that will safeguard our national heritage, transform research culture, connect with communities and inform policy. By tracking the natural and human history of Australia, Papua New Guinea and eastern Indonesia, we will be able to fill vast gulfs of knowledge to help us protect our national assets. Opened at Parliament House, Canberra, on 22 June 2017, the centre is funded by a $33.75 million grant from the Australian Research Council, $1 million from the NSW Government, and $11 million from participating universities, museums, and organisations. The funding will support around 40 new research positions and more than 50 new research students over the 7-year life of the Centre. CABAH will be at the forefront of discovery and education, inspiring Australian children to engage in science and connecting with the broader Australian and global community through a comprehensive outreach program. We will help build Australia’s research capacity by equipping future generations of researchers with a range of interdisciplinary skills, and implement initiatives to nurture the careers of Indigenous and female researchers. We’re building a impressive online resource to tell Australia’s Epic Story. Want to be kept up to date with our blockbuster discoveries? Like our page!
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“These records and traditional knowledge systems ... are testimony to hundreds of generations of connection.”

Researchers, including CABAH Associate Investigator Peter Veth, have worked with Kwini Traditional Owners and Rangers from Balanggarra Aboriginal Corporation to confirm Aboriginal people lived in the northern Kimberley 50,000 years ago.
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Seeing a koala in the wild is always exciting, and Brittany says seeing this mother and joey at Burleigh Head National Park on the Gold Coast was "the coolest thing that's ever happened to me".

Keep an eye out for the joey's cute wink!

Have you been lucky enough to see any koalas recently?

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Seeing a koala in the wild is always exciting, and Brittany says seeing this mother and joey at Burleigh Head National Park on the Gold Coast was "the coolest thing that's ever happened to me". Keep an eye out for the joey's cute wink! Have you been lucky enough to see any koalas recently? 🎥 Brittany Dixon (@colourlane)
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🐨 Should we be doing more to protect the koala in NSW? 🐨

An Upper House inquiry will start today into the state's koala habitats and population.

Nature Conservation Foundation chief executive Chris Gambian said a joint submission with 11 other environmental groups called on the Government to adopt stronger laws.

"Our politicians in NSW really have a simple choice that they have to make," he said.

"They can be the generation that sees the rapid decline of koala numbers and possibly the extinction of koalas in NSW, or they can be the generation that decides that we are going to do the urgent and necessary work to protect their habitats and restore native forests."
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Young voices all the way from Hope Vale, in Far North Queensland, filling the Sydney Opera House with songs in Guugu Yimithirr language.
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Hopevale children's choir & Aunty Lillian Bowen perform in the Guugu Yimithirr language at Sydney's Opera house.

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Archaeology site sheds light on Aboriginal Australians 50,000 years ago, according to research led by CABAH's @peteveth alongside Kwini Traditional Owners and Rangers from Balanggarra Aboriginal Corporation.
https://t.co/LfbSuarwHU… via @NITV @uwa @arc_gov_au https://t.co/Xe0gVYZ15c

Big shout out to all the CABAH crew who took part in Science Week events. Here are some of them in action getting hands-on to communicate our research.
@arc_gov_au https://t.co/2wReVSEVOx

Researchers, including CABAH's Bert Roberts, have analysed bat droppings and moisture in a cave in North Vietnam, finding evidence of groups of people living there back more than 40,000 years.
https://t.co/W6NHi35rGd
@CAS_UOW @uowresearch https://t.co/rfZ64V5MNN

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