Department of Archaeology and History partnerships
Our Archaeology Research Partnerships team engages in impactful and meaningful projects with Traditional Owners, government agencies and industry partners.
Together with academic staff and postgraduates across the University, we undertake specialist analyses, produce technical reports, peer-reviewed publications and conference presentations – and offer vital professional placement experience to our students.
The projects we work on contribute to a better understanding of past lifeways, with a focus on interpreting landscapes and ecologies through time, understanding the ways that archaeological sites have formed and been impacted by post-depositional processes, and employing a range of specialist techniques to generate new and interesting information about cultural material/artefacts.
We are adept at working with short time frames and strict deadlines, in the context of heritage management projects that must be completed prior to development (including road and housing construction).
In addition to specialist research services, we work with Indigenous communities and heritage industry professionals to build organisational capacity and provide opportunities for education and training.
Archaeology Research Partnerships provides specialist technical and research services to its valued partners.
We work with Traditional Owner and government organisations, heritage practitioners and other universities to deliver outcomes for cultural heritage management and research projects.
Our services include:
- Geophysical survey techniques, including ground penetrating radar and magnetic gradiometry
- Geochemical and mineralogical analyses, including portable X-Ray Fluorescence (pXRF) and X-Ray Diffraction (XRD)
- Palaeoenvironmental analyses, including palynology (pollen) and charcoal studies
- Sediment coring and analysis
- Palaeomagnetic and archaeomagnetic analyses
- GIS analysis, including modelling landscape change
- Professional survey and recording services for artefacts, features and landscapes, including photogrammetry, laser scanning, specialised microscopy techniques and 3D printing
- Stone artefact analysis and interpretation, including use wear and residue analysis
- Historical artefact analysis and interpretation
- Faunal analysis and interpretation, including shell midden analysis
- Professional development workshops.
Working together with industry allows us to contribute specialist knowledge and expertise to help our partners achieve their goals. Our collaborations focus on outcomes: for Traditional Owners, for government, for the general public, for the research community and for our students.
La Trobe researchers are collaborating with Yung Balug and the Dja Dja Wurrung Women’s Knowledge Group to understand how Indigenous people, plants and animals lived on Country prior to colonisation.