Lauren completed a Bachelor of Arts in History (2011) and a Bachelor of Science in Geology with Honours in Geochronology (2012) at the University of Wollongong. Lauren’s research interests centre on understanding human population movements. Her honours research used single-grain Optically Stimulated Luminescence (OSL) methods to date rockshelters containing Nejd Leptolithic stone artefacts to determine when humans transitioned from hunter-gatherer to pastoralist societies in Southern Arabia. Following her honours degree, Lauren spent time working in research, commercial and teaching laboratories where she gained a keen interest in quality control assurance. Since then Lauren has completed a Masters Degree in Teaching (2016) where she specialised in Geography, Ancient and Modern History. Her current PhD research focuses on developing and implementing chronometric hygiene protocols to archaeological dating methods to assist with understanding past human and movement and culture change in the Torres Strait region.
Applying chronometric quality standards to evaluate the precision and accuracy of data from archaeological sites in Torres Strait
Archaeological research requires the use of multiple dating techniques for robust age comparisons, however, there are no current ISO procedures in place to measure the validity of data from one dating proxy to another. This research project aims to develop and implement ISO procedures to a key geochronological regional case study to establish a framework for the assessment and evaluation of geochronological data. The accuracy and precision of dates obtained from older archaeological studies can be evaluated against the same standards used in more recent sites to determine a robust regional chronology in order to test competing models of colonisation, culture change and movement of populations throughout Torres Strait.
Professor Sean Ulm
Professor Michael Bird
Professor Zenobia Jacobs
Professor Ian McNiven
Hilbert, Y.H., V.I. Usik, C.S. Galletti, M.W. Morley, A. Parton, L. Clark-Balzan, J-L. Schwenninger, L.P. Linnenlucke, Z. Jacobs, R.G. Roberts and J.I. Rose (2016) Archaeological evidence for indigenous human occupation of Southern Arabia at the Pleistocene/Holocene transition: The case of Al-Hatab Dhofar, Southern Oman. Paleorient 41(2):31-49.
Hilbert, Y.H., A. Parton, M.W. Morley, L.P. Linnenlucke, Z. Jacobs, L. Clark-Balzan, R.G. Roberts, C.S. Galletti, J-L. Schwenninger and J.I. Rose (2015) Terminal Pleistocene and Early Holocene archaeology and stratigraphy of the Southern Nejd, Oman. Quaternary International 382(24):250-263.
(2016-Present) Secondary Teacher, Department of Education and Training (NSW and QLD)
(2017) Casual Academic - Cultural Diversity, College of Arts Society and Education, James Cook University