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Centre for Archaeological Science | University of Wollongong \ Institut für Naturwissenschaftliche Archäologie
Presentation: "Recognizing Fire in the Archaeological Record"


Current research includes the application of micromorphological techniques to Pleistocene caves in France, Israel, Germany, and South Africa;  the study of Neanderthal hearths and pyrotechnology; the geoarchaeology of open-air sites in California; and the use of micromorphology in interpreting anthropogenic deposits from Pleistocene sites in the Old World to 16th century Spanish settlements in Jamaica.


  • Pomerance Award for Scientific Contributions to Archaeology, Archaeological Institute of America, January, 2010
  • Fryxell Award, Society for American Archaeology, March, 2008
  • January-August, 2004: Alexander von Humboldt Senior Award; University of Tübingen, Germany.
  • Rip Rapp Award, Archaeological Geology Division, Geological Society of America, 2002
  • September-December, 1998: French Government Fellowship (“Poste Rouge”, C.N.R.S. Senior Scientist) at the Centre de Recherche Archéologique, Valbonne


MicromorphologyStudying the remains of ancient fire is a tricky business, and over the years, researchers have used a variety of techniques to try to reveal them.  They have examined individual objects (e.g., stone tools, bones, ceramics) to uncover such traces, and have carried out studies of the deposits in the field and in the laboratory using geophysical and chemical techniques, for example.