Skip to 0 minutes and 9 secondsHi, and welcome to this course. I'm Bert Roberts, director at the Center for Archaeological Science at the University of Wollongong. And my specialty is geochronology, that is, dating of things in the past. Over the next four weeks, we're going to be covering the life and times of the Hobbit, Homo floresiensis. In doing that, we're going to use all sorts of archaeological approaches-- which I'll introduce you to-- and scientific techniques which you need to use to get to the bottom of how the Hobbit lived and how the Hobbit died. Biology, archeology, chemistry, geology-- all of these are needed to understand what happened in the deep past. So come with us on this amazing adventure over the next four weeks.
Welcome to the course
Uncovering the skeletal remains of new species Homo floresiensis (the ‘Hobbit’) has had significant implications for the world of archaeology and beyond…
In this course, we follow a dedicated team of scientists uncovering clues and answering questions that shed light on the world of ‘the Hobbit’ and our own origins. Investigating a range of multidisciplinary approaches and techniques, we explore the contributions of modern archaeological science in challenging assumptions about human evolution and exposing secrets hidden in time.
This course has been developed by the Centre for Archaeological Science (CAS) at the University of Wollongong in association with the Indonesian National Research Centre for Archaeology (ARKENAS), and Lakehead University, Canada. World-class facilities and internationally renowned expertise will take you to the forefront of modern archaeological science methods and research over the next 4 weeks:
- Week 1: Human origins and the discovery of the Hobbit
- Week 2: Archaeological methods in the cave - Examining stratigraphy and artefacts (faunal remains and stone tools)
- Week 3: Scientific methods in the lab - Exploring dating methods, archaeochemistry, and issues of contamination
- Week 4: Meet the Hobbit- Controversies and future directions
It is great that you can join us on this quest of discovery and adventure!
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