News and events

Archaeology hosts a variety of events, including seminars, lectures, colloquium and social gatherings.


Regular events:

Archaeology morning tea

Date: Mondays 10am
Room 160B Martin Building.

Archaeology staff and Postgraduate students are all invited to Monday Munchies. Coffee, tea and biscuits are provided.

Archaeology seminar series 2020

Date: Thursdays 9pm during semesters
Online via Zoom

Contact: Dr Phillip Edwards

La Trobe's Archaeology Program holds a weekly seminar in which Australian and international archaeologists working in a range of professions discuss their work.

14 May - Professor Andy Herries will talk about his current research project: ‘Human Evolution in southern Africa from Australopithecus to modern humans: insights from the archaeological sites of Drimolen Cave and Amanzi Springs (South Africa)’.

Annual Allen Archaeology lecturer

The Allen Lecture was established in 2005 to honour the career and achievements of Professor Jim Allen, the Foundation Chair of the Archaeology Program at La Trobe University.
The next Allen Lecture will be held in late 2020.
Contact: Prof Andy Herries

Victorian Archaeology Colloquium

The Victorian Archaeology Colloquium is a one-day event for people working in Victorian archaeology to share the results of their work over the past 12 months, and to catch up generally.
The next Colloquium will be held in February 2021
Copies of the Colloquium publication – Excavations, Surveys and Heritage Management in Victoria – can be purchased here
Contact: Caroline Spry

National Archaeology Week

National Archaeology Week aims to increase public awareness of Australian archaeology and the work of Australian archaeologists both at home and abroad, and to promote the importance of protecting Australia's unique cultural heritage.
La Trobe University runs various events for National Archaeology Week. Watch this space for more information about 2020 events.

La Trobe University Archaeological Society

The La Trobe University Archaeological Society (LAS) is a vibrant community of archaeology students, professionals and enthusiasts, and hosts numerous events throughout the year. Membership is open to all irrespective of qualification or experience.

Field Work & Study Tour Opportunities

Drimolen Field School 2020, South Africa

Every June-July, between semesters 1 and 2, Archaeology runs an Undergraduate and Postgraduate field school in geoarchaeology and palaeoanthropology at Drimolen Cave in South Africa. The cave is dated to around 2.0-1.4 million years and has yielded over 130 specimens of the early hominin species Paranthropus robustus and early Homo, as well as Early Stone Age stone tools and some of the earliest bone tools in the world. It has also yielded a wealth of other primate, antelope and carnivore fossils, including false sabre tooth cats.

The field school has an excavation element as well as nightly lectures covering all aspects of South African archaeology, palaeontology and geology. The 2020 field school will run from June 13th till July 4th In collaboration with the Palaeo-Research Institute at the University of Johannesburg & Washington University in St Louis (USA)

For more information, a brochure and applications contact Prof. Andy Herries also see FACEBOOK

Amanzi Springs 2019 Excavations, South Africa

Archaeology at La Trobe runs field school excavations at the Acheulian to Middle Stone Age site of Amanzi Springs in South Africa every November in collaboration with the Palaeo-Research Institute at the University of Johannesburg, the Albany and Iziko Museums, and funded by National Geographic. We are particularly keen for South African student involvement and have had many students from the University of Cape Town, UJ and Wits over the last few years.


For more information contact Andy Herries

Sheffield History & Archaeology Study Tour 2021 (UK) HUS2IST

Archaeology & History at La Trobe runs a study tour to Sheffield ever 2 years as subject HUS2IST. In 2019 this involved visits to see sites such as Creswell Crags, Peveril Castle, Speedwell Caverns, Kelham Island. The tour provides a broad sweep of UK Archaeology & History from it's earliest occupation to steel making and modern town planning. Guest lecturers come from a variety of backgrounds including Wessex Archaeology. In 2021 the aim is to incorporate an optional uk excavation as part of the tour.

uk study tour

For more information contact Emma Robertson (History) and/or Andy Herries (archaeology)


Breaking news: Commonwealth Supported Places for Masters of Professional Archaeology

Breaking news:  La Trobe University has made a number of Commonwealth Supported Places available for the Masters of Professional Archaeology and associated courses for enrolment in Semester 2 2020.  CSPs will provide significant assistance with fees but the quantity is limited so apply early.

An information session about the degrees will be held via ZOOM on Monday, 25 May.  Please go to to book your place.

Annual Archaeology PhD Scholarships (2020 apps OPEN)

The Archaeology Department has 3 annual PhD scholarships available. This round topics include:

- Diet and foraging techniques at Lake Mungo. With Nicola Stern

- Palaeoenvironments (palynology) at the Acheulian to Middle Stone Age site of Amanzi Springs, With Matt Meredith-Williams

- Lithic analysis of the Late Acheulian site of Mashari'a 1, east Jordan Valley, Jordan. With Phillip Edwards.

- Paleomagnetic analysis of the Kilombe Oldowan to Acheulian Archaeological Sequence, Kenya. With Andy Herries. APPLY HERE

New Bachelor of Archaeology & BA Major Ancient Societies and Human Origins open for applications starting 2020

New Archaeological Object Based Learning Lab to be ready for Semester 1 2020

LTU Archaeology is currently developing a new teaching and museum space in the Archaeology Linkway between Martin Building and Social Sciences. The lab will showcase our extensive teaching collections of stone tools, hominin casts and skeletons, and faunal material that will form the foundation of teaching in our new Bachelor of Archaeology.

Keir Strickland awarded HUSS Research Excellence Award for mid-career researcher (Sept 2019)

Archaeologists become National Geographic Explorers (Sept 2019)

Prof Andy Herries and his team (including Dr Matt Meredith-Williams and PhD student Alex Blackwood from LTU, as well as researchers from University of Adelaide, University of Barcelona, University of Johannesburg, University of Pisa) have recently been awarded a National Geographic Explorers Grant for their work exploring the origins of modern human technology and the world’s oldest potential wooden tools in South Africa. This work builds on a former ARC Discovery grant and THS RFA grant and will involve further fieldwork at Amanzi Springs in November 2019 and June 2020. The site now represents one of the best dated sites in the world showing the transition from earlier Acheulian technology to the Middle Stone Age; a transition associated with the first occurrence of anatomically modern humans.

Ancient Roman port history unveiled (Aug 2019)

Paper published in Science (Aug 2019): Archaeological assessment reveals Earth’s early transformation through land use

Dr Keir Strickland has published a paper in the prestigious journal Science showing that humans transformed the Earth far earlier than previously thought.

Paper published in Nature (July 2019): Maternal secrets of our earliest ancestors unlocked

Prof Andy Herries has published a paper in the prestigious journal Nature looking at the breastfeeding behaviour of one of our earliest South African ancestors from ~2.6-2.0 million years ago, Australopithecus africanus.

Paper published in Nature (Nov 2018): Dating the Cradle

Prof Andy Herries has published a paper in the prestigious journal Nature looking at the dating of the UNESCO Cradle of Humankind World Heritage site in South Africa.

2019 ARC Success (Nov 2018)

Dr Keir Strickland has been successful with an ARC Discovery grant to look at the collapse of the kingdom of Polonnaruva, now a UNESCO World Heritage site in Sri Lanka. They expect that their project will lead to a better understanding and management of ancient and contemporary socio-environmental systems