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Caroline Spry Academic, Archaeology

I am an Early Career Researcher who recently completed a PhD on stone tool technology at Lake Mungo, Willandra Lakes Region World Heritage Area, southeastern Australia.

My research focuses on the information that stone artefacts can convey about people's lives in the deep past, including the interplay between debris left behind by a single stone knapper and the activity traces of a technological system that extend across a landscape. I specialise in piecing back together stone artefacts that were struck from the same piece of stone to understand stone-reduction sequences 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.

I am currently investigating stone artefact assemblages that span the late Pleistocene to early Holocene in southeastern Australia, Melanesia (Pacific) and South Africa.

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