AM Anthropologist Dr Robin Torrence chats with Kim McKay about her research on the function of ancient material on peoples’ daily lives.
Ancient ceremonial stone tool rescued from bulldozer in Papua New Guinea 5
Photographer: Peter White © Australian Museum
Dr Torrence's archaeological research focuses on the roles of ancient material culture, especially stone tools, in peoples’ daily lives, social strategies, and long term adaptation. She has been especially interested in how the manufacture, design and exchange of tools can help people minimise risks.
"We’re trying to write the story of colonial history from the perspective of Indigenous people by looking at the objects they made and traded." Dr Robin Torrence