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Caroline Spry Academic, Archaeology

I am an Honorary Associate in the Department of Archaeology and History at La Trobe University. My research focuses on the information that stone artefacts can convey about people's lives in the deep and recent past. This includes the interplay between debris left behind by a single stone knapper and the activity traces of a technological system extending across a landscape.

I specialise in piecing back together stone artefacts that were struck from the same piece of rock to understand stone-working techniques and how post-depositional processes have affected archaeological sites. I also use portable X-Ray Fluorescence (pXRF) to investigate people's mobility and trade/exchange networks in the past.

I am currently working with Traditional Owners to investigate Aboriginal cultural heritage from a number of different sites in southeastern Australia. I am also a co-investigator on projects investigating stone tool technology in Melanesia and South Africa.

I have considerable private industry experience as a qualified Heritage Advisor under the Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006, undertaking cultural heritage assessments and providing expert advice on Aboriginal stone artefacts.


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