Science in Archaeology

The use of scientific instruments to analyse artefacts and residues, botanical and fauna material or map subsurface cultural heritage features with advanced spatial technologies such as a total station or near-surface geophysical techniques is becoming an increasingly important component in the field of archaeology. More specifically as these tools have the ability to help us understand past human behaviour. The UQCHU has access to a suite of equipment including 3D object scanners and printers, light microscopes, Differential GPS, Nikon total stations, and five geophysical instruments including a Geophysical Survey Systems Inc. (GSSI) SIR-3000 ground-penetrating radar with a 400 MHz antenna, a GSSI EM Profiler, a Bartington Instruments 601 Fluxgate Gradiometer, a Bartington Instruments magnetic susceptibility meter and a Geoscan RM15 Resistance Meter.

The UQCHU anticipates training students, industry professionals and Aboriginal communities in the use of these instruments as part of the cultural heritage management (CHM) classes offered through the School of Social Science, projects we conduct, partnerships with other industries and stake holders, public outreach and professional workshops.

Students and staff working for the UQCHU also have the opportunity to obtain training and experience in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). GIS in increasingly used by heritage practitioners throughout Australia to spatially plot the locations and distribution of cultural heritage sites that they manage.