Discovery Early Career Researcher Award - Grant ID: DE160100703 [ 2016-06-06 - 2020-12-01 ]

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Researchers: Dr Ian Moffat (Discovery Early Career Researcher Award)

Brief description The Drumbeat of Human Evolution: Climate Proxies from Rockshelter Sediments. This project aims to trial new techniques for extracting environmental information from the sediments contained within archaeological rock shelters. Homo sapiens evolved during a period of dramatic climate variation, which almost certainly influenced human development and global dispersal. High-resolution climate records are rarely available for Pleistocene archaeological sites and so it is challenging to quantify the degree of behavioural response to environmental change. This project aims to apply novel geophysical and geochemical techniques to provide new climate records for Indonesia and South Africa, facilitate correlation with other climate archives and thus create a means of directly evaluating the degree of environmental influence on human behavioural evolution.

Funding Amount $346,536

Funding Scheme Discovery Early Career Researcher Award

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