Facilities and resources



  • The Australian Archaeomagnetism Laboratory (TAAL)

    The Australian Archaeomagnetism Laboratory (TAAL) is a purpose built archaeological geophysics and archaeomagnetic research and teaching laboratory associated with the Department of Archaeology and History at La Trobe University, Melbourne, and is run by Assoc. Prof. Andy Herries.
    The current facility was built at La Trobe between 2011 and 2012, and was specifically designed for work on archaeological and fossil bearing sites as part of the development of archaeological science, archaeometry and geoarchaeological research and teaching within Archaeology at La Trobe.
    Please contact Assoc. Prof. Andy Herries (A.Herries@latrobe.edu.au) for more information.

  • The Molecular Archaeology 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 (+61 3 94796575; colin.smith@latrobe.edu.au)

  • 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.



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History Facebook page

The Facebook page for the La Trobe University History Program provides updates on the latest news, events and all things LTU History!

Twitter handles

  • Dr Emma Robertson @chochistory
  • Dr Giselle Roberts @Gisellemroberts
  • Dr Nadia Rhook @NadiRhook
  • Associate Professor Ian Coller @histor_ian
  • Kate Laing @kateleonie
  • Jayne Rantall @JayneRantall


  • Alex McDermott's 'Australia: The story of us' (Yahoo TV)

    LTU History Postgraduate Alex McDermott is the Senior Researcher and Associate Producer for Channel 7's blockbuster history documentary series AUSTRALIA: THE STORY OF US. The first episode went to air last night. John Hirst wrote some of the scripts and Clare Wright appears as an expert interview in some of the episodes. Our Postgraduates Kate Laing and Nicole Curby also worked as researchers on the series.
    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."

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