Conversations Across the Creek: MicroCT Applications in Archaeology

Conversations Across the Creek is an initiative by the Humanities Research Centre (HRC) and the Research School of Chemistry (RSC) to provide a space for continuing dialogue among scientists, social scientists, and humanities scholars. Meetings are held monthly, with the aim of stimulating and unearthing research and teaching collaborations across the university.

Join us for the third Conversation for 2017, where three diverse scholars 'cross' Sullivan's Creek, presenting on their latest research. The topic of this event is MicroCT Applications in Archaeology.

Over the last few years, a group of inter-disciplinary researchers has been collaborating on microCT applications in archaeology. Foremost, the technique has been used to infer site formation processes at hominin-bearing sites in South Africa, identify domesticated rice within pottery sherds from early Neolithic sites in Vietnam, visualise extinct megafauna from highland Papua New Guinea, and so on. Currently, research is focussing on building virtual on-line databases for: archaeological parenchyma for key food plants in Island Southeast Asia, New Guinea and northern Australia (in collaboration with UCL); and extinct megafauna in Australia-New Guinea (in collaboration with the Australian Museum).

This exciting project makes use of the National CTLab, an open 3D X-ray microscopy facility run by Physics and built from over a decade of fundamental research and industry engagement.

Speakers include:

Assoc Prof Tim Denham
School of Archaeology and Anthropology

Professor Tim Senden
Research School of Physics and Engineering

Ms Aleese Barron
College of Arts and Social Sciences
PhD Candidate

Please register - light lunch provided. Read more about the CatC Series, or access recordings of past events, at

Date & time

Fri 24 Nov 2017, 1–2.30pm


Drop-in Centre, Research School of Chemistry Building 137


Associate Professor Tim Denham
Professor Tim Senden
Ms Aleese Barron


Penny Brew
6125 4357


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