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First Scientists

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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!  

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 […]

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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Deliberate voyaging by boat to Australia more than 50,000 years ago
Researchers gather to unlock Australia’s environmental and human history


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!
ARC Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage
ARC Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage
Rewilding Australia... with predators!? 🤔🤔

Where dingoes are abundant, they control and stabilise populations of kangaroos and introduced herbivores like feral goats. They also reduce populations of the red fox and possibly the feral cat.

As a result, the condition of the vegetation is typically better in the presence of dingoes, and there are more native small mammals, ground-nesting birds and other species that would otherwise be killed by foxes and cats.

Find out more about how rewilding Australia could happen
ARC Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage
ARC Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage
An Australian animal as big as a car? 🤔

A bird with a beak the size of a horse’s head? 🐴🧐

Or giant snakes and lizards as long as three table tennis tables? 😲

Animals this weird and wonderful really did exist! Check out this awesome little story to find out about Australia's megafauna.
ARC Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage
ARC Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage
In case you missed it, CABAH researchers recently published two papers describing how first Australians arrived in large numbers, and on purpose. Awesome stuff, here's a snapshot...
ARC Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage
ARC Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage
ARC Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage
CABAH researchers retrace an ancient route, discovering that Australia's first people arrived via a well-planned journey. An amazing story, don't miss this one!

New research now featured at The Conversation


Great opportunity today for our students and early career researchers to learn about best practice in demonstrating the impact of their work.

Congratulations to the Gunditjmara people and all of those who worked so hard for this listing of Budj Bim now a UNESCO world heritage area! via @SBSNews

. @cabahCoE's Ian McNiven interviewed on the implications of evidence at the Moyjil site in Victoria which could force a rethink of Aboriginal history #MonashLens

Australia's first people: new research reveals a minimum founding population of 1300 people. They didn't arrive by chance!

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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.