The Archaeological and Anthropological Society of Victoria is a group that promotes the study of archaeology, anthropology, ethno-archaeology and ethno-history in both Australia and further abroad. Lectures, from a range of talented presenters, are held every third Thursday of the month at 6:30pm at the The Kathleen Syme Library & Community Centre – 251 Faraday St, Carlton.
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**Notice: regular AASV lectures will proceed online via Zoom for the time being while in-person lectures at the KSLCC are suspended.

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AASV has been advised by the KSLCC in Carlton that new COVID restrictions mean that, while they can reopen their venues to the public at limit of 1 person/2m², this is only as long as they have a COVID Check-in Marshal. They can only appoint a COVID Check-in Marshal during Library business hours, so they are only reopening the spaces to bookings within opening times. The spaces will remain closed to all after-hours bookings, which unfortunately includes AASV.

Next Event – AGM and Lecture: Thursday 18th of November, 2021, @ 6.30pm

The small hominin species in island Southeast Asia: Homo floresiensis and Homo luzonensis

Presented by Dr Debbie Argue
School of Archaeology and Anthropology, Australian National University

A tiny skeleton was revealed to an unsuspecting world in October 2004 – the bones of a new kind of human that, because it was so small, was nick-named “the hobbit.” The bones were discovered during an archaeological excavation in Liang Bua cave, on the island of Flores in Indonesia. The excavation team of Indonesian and Australian researchers was led by Professor Mike Morwood and Dr Tony Djubiantono under the auspices of the Indonesian National Research Centre for Archaeology. The excavation aimed to find insights into the origins of the first Australians. No-one could have imagined that the finds would throw the scientific world into a frenzy of excitement and controversy.

In this presentation we will familiarise ourselves with the features of H. floresiensis then see where this species fits on the human evolutionary tree.  There’s more, though. We now know that H. floresiensis was not the only small hominin species in Southeast Asia. We will have a look at the two other sets of hominin fossils: those from the S’oa basin, Flores; and H. luzonensis from the Philippines.

Debbie is an Honorary Lecturer in the School of Archaeology and Anthropology at the Australian National University. Her research focus is human evolution and in particular, Homo floresiensis, about which she is currently writing a book.

Her PhD focused on human evolution during the Early Pleistocene in Africa and Europe; her Master of Ars focused on human evolution during the Middle Pleistocene. Debbie has a BA Honours degree in Archaeology, in which she focused on the prehistory of the Australian Alps for her dissertation. She has worked as a consultant archaeologist, and as Heritage Officer in local government.

Debbie is engaged in a number of national and international collaborative projects on human evolution; and has a continuing role as Advisor to PhD candidates in the School of Archaeology and Anthropology.


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