Tom Austen Brown researchers develop research in the field of archaeology, thanks to a generous donation by the late Tom Austen Brown, an avid amateur archaeologist. As a lawyer, his work required him to visit clients living on remote outback properties where he began collecting ancient Aboriginal artefacts. This inspired a passion for prehistory that led him to enrol in an arts degree at the University of Sydney, majoring in archaeology.
The latest research projects conducted by Tom Austen Brown researchers include:
Traditions, Transformations and Technology
This ARC-funded project aims to understand the development and spread of technological systems in Aboriginal Australia and the connection between that diﬀusion process and the major expansion of Pama-Nyungan languages spoken over much of our country. This project will determine the extent and nature of phylogenetic signals in two sets of ancient lithic technologies: those producing artefacts and ground-edged axes.
Led by Peter Hiscock (CI), Claire Bowern (PI), Russell Gray (PI) and Val Attenbrow (PI). Co-investigators include: Dr Joe Dortch (Northcliffe excavations) and Amy Way (Lake George Excavations).
Tom Austen Brown is made up of University of Sydney academics, researchers and affiliates. We welcome the expertise of national and international researchers in our field.
Upcoming events will be posted here when they are finalised.
The find of the century for archaeology? Comparative ethnology and archaeology
3 August 2018
Visit our Sydney Ideas event site for more information and to register.
Sentient seascapes: the archaeology of ritual engagements with the marine realm
Professor Ian McNiven explored the history of Torres Strait Islander ritual practices over the past 1000 years from an ethnographically-informed archaeological perspective.
Environmental Conservation and Archaeology
Dr Steven Wolverton from the University of North Texas discusses how archaeologists contribute data and perspectives to conservation biology, restoration ecology and environmental science.