[Cite as http://purl.org/au-research/grants/arc/FT140100384]
Researchers Dr Bo Li
Brief description Chronology is a critical component of geological and archaeological studies. To reconstruct the evolutionary histories of Homo sapiens and other hominin species in environmental context, we must establish reliable age estimates for key archaeological sites and Quaternary deposits. This project will develop new-generation sediment dating techniques using the non-fading infrared stimulated luminescence (IRSL) signal from potassium feldspars. These improved methods will then be applied to sites in Africa, Europe and Asia that contain important human fossils and artefacts, including the unique type localities of ‘Denisovans’ and ‘Hobbits’, to answer fundamental questions about the timing of key turning points in human evolution and dispersal.
Funding Amount $771,504
Funding Scheme Future Fellowships