Michelle Langley

Michelle Langley

ARC DECRA Research Fellow, Griffith University

BA(Hons) 2006; MPhil 2009; PhD (Oxford) 2014

Currently I am working on a ARC DECRA project titled "Australia's Living Technologies: Bone Tools from First Peoples to Contact". This project is the first major study of Indigenous Australian bone and tooth based technologies.

I am also undertaking traceology (reconstructing how tools/ornaments were made and used via observation of microscope marks and residues) of bone, ivory, antler, marine shell, and ochre artefacts from around the globe, collaborating with researchers based both here in Australia and abroad to understand the people who produced these artefacts.

My research centres around understanding the origins and development of human behavioural uniqueness, with particular focus on:
- Hunter-gatherer technologies
- Australian archaeology;
- Neanderthal behavioural complexity and interaction with Modern Humans;
- Palaeolithic Europe; and
- Identifying children in the deep past.

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