Food remains in the form of animal bones, charred plant remains and minute residues on food utensils provide us with all kinds of insight into human activity in the past. But how do archaeologists identify these remains and what can they tell us? This talk focuses on animal remains, highlighting the myriad of information about past human behaviour we can glean from animal bones. Providing some details on how we do our work, I will also discuss the complications of working in a region heavily impacted by recent and ongoing species extinction.

Tiina Manne is an archaeologist who studies animal remains from archaeological sites to understand people's relationships with animas in the past as well as how they respond to large-scale climate and environmental changes. Her research focuses on Australia and New Guinea and encompasses sites from 100 to +50,000 years ago. She is an Associate Professor at the University of Queensland.

About National Archaeology Week

Held in the third week of May, National Archaeology Week aims to increase public awareness of Australian archaeology and the work of Australian archaeologists both at home and abroad, and to promote the importance of protecting Australia's unique archaeological heritage.

Click here to discover more about National Archaeology Week, 21 - 27 May 2023.


Anthropology Museum,
Level 1, Michie Building (#9)
The University of Queensland St Lucia campus.