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By Author: Dr Robin Torrence

Natural glass used for chopping tools in ancient Papua New Guinea

Axes made of glass were used to chop wood over 3000 years ago in Papua New Guinea.

By: Dr Robin Torrence, Category: Science, Date: 08 Jan 2015

Ancient Trade Ignores Modern Political Boundaries

Obsidian artefacts reveal social relations between Russia and China about 20,000 years ago.

By: Dr Robin Torrence, Category: Science, Date: 12 Aug 2014

Volcanic disasters and the beginning of Lapita style pottery in Papua New Guinea

A major volcanic eruption about 3000 years ago contributed to the earliest pottery production in Papua New Guinea.

By: Dr Robin Torrence, Category: Science, Date: 26 May 2014

Tracking ancient trade on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea

Discovery of an obsidian source on Manus Island reveals ancient trading patterns in Papua New Guinea

By: Dr Robin Torrence, Category: Science, Date: 29 Apr 2014

Ancient ceremonial stone tool rescued from bulldozer in Papua New Guinea

A beautiful and expertly-flaked stone tool rescued from a house site opens up a world of meaning for a distant, poorly-known period.

By: Dr Robin Torrence, Category: Science, Date: 25 Nov 2013

Sand paintings from Enga

Traditional culture meets modernism in new artworks from the highlands of Papua New Guinea, writes Dr Robin Torrence.

By: Dr Robin Torrence, Category: Science, Date: 24 Mar 2010

Statement on Climate Change

In its role as a leading scientific institution, the Australian Museum recognizes that climate change poses a serious environmental, economic and social threat to our current way of life and to the security of future generations across the globe.

By: Frank Howarth, Dr Robin Torrence, Category: Museullaneous, Date: 16 Feb 2010