Welcome to ARCAS

Australasian Research Cluster for Archaeological Science

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A selection of our most recent projects from around the globe.

Expressions of Interest for the 2022 ARCAS Committee are now open

As we near the end of a very difficult year, we look forward to a brighter 2022 and exciting developments for ARCAS! As part of the scheduled handover to the University of Melbourne, we are inviting new members to join ARCAS and also seeking volunteers to fulfil various roles on the ARCAS committee. Each of […]

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The diverse and innovative approaches to faunal analysis and challenges to an international audience

Zooarchaeology In May 2014, the University of Queensland and the University of Western Australia hosted a three-day symposium showcasing the current zooarchaeological research in Australia. The symposium was attended by over 50 participants from 12 different national and international institutions, including La Trobe University, the University of Wollongong, Flinders University, the Australian National University, University […]

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Earliest Pottery on New Guinea Mainland Reveals Austronesian Influences in Highland Environments 3000 Years Ago

Archaeologists and other scientists from University of Otago, Australian National University, The University of New South Wales and University of Arizona have teamed up to identify the earliest well-dated pottery from mainland New Guinea. The earthenware sherds are over 3,000 years old, and their chemical composition can be traced to the north coast at a time when the first Polynesians were beginning to explore the remote Pacific islands.

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The archaeology, chronology and stratigraphy of Madjedbebe (Malakuananja II)

Collaborations between the Traditional Land Owners, archaeologists and other scientists from the The University of Queensland, the University of Wollongong, Flinders University, University of Washington, the National Museum of Australia, and The University of Sydney have enabled the identification of the earliest cultural remains so far found in Australia. Cultural material in the form of flaked stone artefacts, grinding stones, ground haematite and ground-edge axe fragments...

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ARCAS Membership

ARCAS is currently an informal group with plans to be registered as an incorporated association. Membership is currently free and open to all interested persons.


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Current Committee Member Institutions

ARCAS Databases

View a listing of Archaeological databases from around the world. Please contact us if you would like to add to the list.
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Please visit the list of upcoming conferences and events in the field of Archaeological Science. If you would like to submit a conference or event for publication on this list please send us an email.
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Researcher Profiles

Rachel Popelka-Filcoff

Sean Ulm

Jo McDonald

Glenn Summerhayes

Marshall Wiesler

Robin Torrence

Colin Smith

Floriana Salvemini

Richard ‘Bert’ Roberts

Sue O’Connor