Archaeology & natural history at the ANU is at the forefront of research in the archaeology and paleoenvironment of southeast Asia, Australia, and Oceania. We are a world leader in tracing and understanding long-distance migrations of peoples across this region, and we work to understand prehistoric human societies, the environments in which they developed and the environmental consequences of human presence. Our research delves into the origins and variability of complex societies and how they are shaped by cultural, environmental and historical influences. We participate with descendent communities, land managers, other researchers and the general public in efforts to conserve and protect cultural heritage, and to develop new techniques that maximize the information gained from past and future excavations.
All ANH research projects are aligned with at least one of ANH's five major research themes: