Facilities and resources
Please contact Prof. Andy Herries for more information
Geoarchaeology Laboratory:The Geoarchaeology Laboratory at La Trobe University consists of a rock preparation facility and microscope lab for undertaking micromorphological and petrographic analysis
For further information please Prof Andy Herries
The Molecular Archaeology (Ancient Diet) Laboratory:The Molecular Archaeology Laboratory at La Trobe University is dedicated to the analysis of ancient biomolecules, in order to obtain archaeological information.
The quarantine approved laboratory, housed in the La Trobe Institute for Molecular Sciences (LIMS), contains wet chemical preparation areas for extraction and purification of ancient proteins such as bone collagen, hair keratin, muscle, skin. The facilities available include a fumehood, centrifuges, heating blocks, -80°C freezer, freeze drier, rotary vacuum desiccator and a microbalance.
The lab also runs a Thermo Scientific (LC-Isolink) Liquid Chromatography Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometer (LC-IRMS) housed in the LIMS equipment suite. The LC-IRMS is dedicated to analysis of stable isotope ratios of carbon in amino acids as a means of obtaining in depth palaeodietary information. We have also applied the technique to other materials such as stalagmites and corals.
For further information please contact Dr Colin Smith
Ancient Environments (Pollen) LaboratoryCompleted in 2019, the Pollen Lab is equipped to extract pollen from archaeological sediments, for analysis under high-powered microscopes. Palynology (pollen analysis) allows us to reconstruct how vegetation communities changed through time - which can be used as a direct proxy for climate (primarily temperature and precipitation).
For further information please contact Dr Matt Meredith-Williams
TARDIS (Teaching Archaeological Research Discipline in Simulation)
Since 2009, La Trobe has offered undergraduate archaeology students the chance to gain practical experience in excavating an artificial site on the Bundoora campus.
The project – known as TARDIS (Teaching Archaeological Research Discipline In Simulation) – uses an artificial site with a series of scenarios from various times and places in the past which students excavate. The TARDIS has seven layers, with Historical Australia at the top, followed by Mayan Mesoamerica, Bronze Age Cyprus, Neolithic China, Natufian Jordan, Indigenous Pleistocene Australia, and Plio-Pleistocene Africa.
For access to laboratory equipment contact lab head or Archaeology Research Partnerships (external)
- Ground Penetrating Radar
- pXRD & pXRF
- Gradiometry & Magnetic Susceptibility
- Artec Space Spider & Eva Scanners
- Leica MS50 Laser Scanning Multi Station
- Leica Total Stations, DGPS & survey equipment
For access to equipment contact Paul Penzo-Kajewski (internal) or Archaeology Research Partnerships (external)
Open Access Drimolen Hominin digital scan database (under construction): Contact Prof Andy Herries
Open Access South African stone tool digital scan database (under construction). Contact Prof Andy Herries
Comparative Teaching & Research Collections
- Australian Zooarchaeology Comparative Collection
- Hominin cast collection
- Stone Tool Collections
- Historical Artefact Collections
- Raw Material Collections
The Facebook page for the La Trobe University History Program provides updates on the latest news, events and all things LTU History!
- La Trobe Uni History @latrobehistory
- Ruth Gamble @WaterThe_Planet
- Jayne Rantall @JayneRantall
- Yves Rees @YvesRees
- Dr Emma Robertson @chochistory
- Dr Clare Wright @clareawright
- One-Plus-One (ABC)
- The War that Changed Us (ABC)
Created and cowritten by Clare Wright.
Nominated for Logie for Best Factual Program 2015.
Nominated for ATOM Award for Best Docudrama 2015.
- Utopia Girls: How Women Won the Vote (ABC)
Written and presented by Clare Wright.
Shortlisted for NSW Premiers History Award for Best Multimedia.
Here's what Fairfax television critic Melinda Houston said:
"The Story of Us takes key moments and characters from Australian history to tell the story of the nation. It is not a professorial piece of work, but it does not pretend to be. It's a rollicking yarn built on solid fact and, by that measure, it works splendidly."
- Kate Laing's 'A century of peace work' (The National Library of Australia Magazine)
- Tracey Banivanua Mar's 'Remember the Pacific's people when we remember the war in the Pacific' (The Conversation)
- Nadia Rhook's ' 'Marginality' in the Hoddle grid and the colour of public memory' (Peril)
- Liz Conor's 'A little brown-eyed babe washed ashore' (New Matilda)
- Tim Jones
- Clare Wright
- 'Lest we forget our other heroes of war, fighting for freedom at home' (The Conversation)
- 'Flash femmes and other forgotten figures of the Eureka Stockade' (The Conversation)
- 'The other Australia Day: November 11 throughout history' (The Conversation)
- 'Women are central to Australia's history. Why have we forgotten them?' (The Guardian)
- "History, writing and television: An Interview with Clare Wright' (Australian Women Writers)
- 'The 2014 Stella Prize award night: Speeches & pics' (The Stella Prize)
- Janet Butler 'Friendship in war was not just confined to bonds between men' (The Conversation)
- Janet Butler on what comprises a defining moment (REAL)
Credit: REAL Season 05. Produced through Media Arts, La Trobe University. 2014.
- Adelina Modesti's presentation on 'Women artists of early modern Italy: New archival studies' (Vimeo)
- Clare Wright:
- Looking for her presence (Melbourne Writers Festival)
- Clare Wright discusses her Stella Prize for her book The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka with Booktopia's John Purcell (Booktopia TV)
- Clare Wright on the forgotten history of the women of Eureka and beyond (MADE Ballarat)
- Women's right to vote in SA (Utopia Girls)
- Epic Fail: Clare Wright
- Clare Wright on her book The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka (Lord Mayor's Charitable Foundation 2014 Inspiring Philanthropy Celebration)
- What is the future of ANZAC Day? (Melbourne Conversations)
- Women and work – who pays? (Melbourne Conversations)
- Gender: Does it matter nowadays? (The Monthly Video)
- The Stella Prize: One year on (Wheeler Centre)
- Must-read histories (Wheeler Centre)
- Forgotten rebels (Wheeler Centre)
- Lola Montez 19th century radical (Culture Victoria)