Whiff of past from bat guano

In an experiment to understand better how ancient artefacts are altered by the sediment in which they are buried for thousands of years, Australian archaeological scientists buried bones, stones, charcoal and other items in bat guano, cooked it, and analysed how this affected the different items.

The researchers, PhD student Conor McAdams at University of Wollongong (UOW) and his supervisors, Distinguished Professor Richard Roberts (UOW, Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage) and Associate Professor Mike Morley at Flinders University, are seeking to expand our knowledge of the first modern humans to arrive in Southeast Asia.

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