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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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Check out this behind the scenes look at our researchers in the field.

Thanks to Rainy Comley from our JCU: James Cook University, Australia team for capturing some of our work to better understand past environments.

See more CABAH videos here: https://epicaustralia.org.au/play/
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ARC Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage
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"Indigenous Australians, more than any others, know how to live with the cycles of this harsh land. They’ve been doing it for thousands of years."

Amazing images and analysis of the impact of water reaching the Lake Eyre basin.
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ARC Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage
Listen to our director Professor Richard 'Bert' Roberts talking to the ABC's Science Show about re-writing our human story.
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There's a push tonight to see Indigenous languages made compulsory in New South Wales public schools.

It follows an opportunity for Aboriginal students to connect with their culture, taking part in a Poetry in First Languages workshop.
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There's a push tonight to see Indigenous languages made compulsory in New South Wales public schools. It follows an opportunity for Aboriginal students to connect with their culture, taking part in a Poetry in First Languages workshop.

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“Is your interest in Indigenous heritage genuine? Or are you just here to see how it relates to western histories?”
Adnyamathanha archaeologist Jacinta Koolmatrie in @GuardianAus https://t.co/VZYIA6o7pp

CABAH's Corey Bradshaw speaking to @abcnews #TheSignal about the earth's sixth mass extinction wave https://t.co/skthPHM71o
@conservbytes @Flinders https://t.co/hOizaBYzaj

Fossil jawbone found in cave on Tibetan Plateau may be Denisovan ... https://t.co/CkoGVJhL7d

Congratulations @tomrgriffiths https://t.co/YBNrdkP6mu
Ruth Morgan 💧 @ruthamorgan
@LibbydeQ collecting the award for Distinguished Public Environmental History @ASEH_Resources last night- a wonderful honour for Libby & @tomrgriffiths - they’re superstars! #envhist https://t.co/nbptGtlr0O

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An Introduction to CABAH

The ARC Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage brings together the best researchers investigating and telling Australia’s epic story.