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At ARCHE, our multidisciplinary research themes and world-class scholars provide a solid platform for related research study. Discover more about our work, potential supervisors and Griffith research degrees.

Archaeology PhD topics

In recent years, the focus of human evolution research has increasingly shifted from Africa — the ‘cradle of mankind’ — to Asia and Australia. Two of Griffith University’s leading research centres —  the Australian Research Centre for Human Evolution (ARCHE) and the Place, Evolution, and Rock Art Heritage Unit (PERAHU) have been at the forefront of exciting discoveries both in these regions and further abroad.

We are now seeking up to 10 highly motivated and collegial PhD candidates who would like to join our team. Domestic and international students are encouraged to apply.

Research possibilities

Explore each of our research themes to see if they align with your interests.

Find a supervisor

Meet the ARCHE team and delve deeper into our individual research strengths and research study supervision.

Research study

Find all you need to know about research study at Griffith, from degrees to scholarships and how to apply. Our Griffith Graduate Research School also offers a range of opportunities to enhance your graduate experience.

Griffith Undergraduate Course

Perspectives on Human Evolution

The course features a survey of the human fossil record, including the earliest evidence of putative humans in the late Miocene, and continuing up to the origin and expansion of modern humans in the Late Pleistocene. Genetic, geological, chemical, and archaeological evidence will be considered along with the fossil evidence for human evolution. Students will be challenged to critically evaluate on-going debates in palaeoanthropology with particular emphasis on Australia, and will develop skills in reading and discussing primary literature.

Massive Open Online Course

A Question of Time: How We Date Human Evolution

Discover the role that dating human fossils plays in the reconstruction of human evolution: explore examples from around the world.

ARCHE scholarships

We have scholarships available as part of the following externally funded grants:

The unknown ‘Ice Age’ artists of Borneo

Contact Associate Professor Maxime Aubert

Extinct hominins and early humans on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi

Contact Associate Professor Adam Brumm

Tracing the Mediterranean history of early humans

Contact Dr Mathieu Duval

Assessing Sumatra’s role in ancient human movements and evolution

Contact Dr Julien Louys

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