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Sindy Luu

PositionPhD Student
DepartmentDepartment of Anatomy
QualificationsMSc BSc(Hons) BA
Research summaryAncient DNA analyses of achaeological faunal remains excavated from Near Oceanic cave sites
TeachingDemonstrator and tutor for anthropology and archaeology undergraduate papers


The aim of my project is to investigate the role of terrestrial and marine resources in the subsistence strategies of human communities living in Near Oceania, prior to the Austronesian (Lapita) migrations through the Pacific c. 3300 BP, and their changes over time.

Specifically, I propose to use ancient DNA metabarcoding techniques to construct profiles of the faunal species present in archaeological deposits excavated from New Ireland cave sites. These profiles will allow for a comparison and integration with previous zooarchaeological analyses of the region.