Anna Florin is a research fellow in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage at the University of Wollongong and a PhD candidate in the School of Social Science at the University of Queensland. She studies charred plant macrofossils from ancient fireplaces to understand the diets of people in the past, specialising in the analysis of roots and tubers, and other tropical plant foods. She works closely with Traditional Owners in Australia to understand how different plant-processing practices can be seen archaeologically. She also uses stable isotope analysis of plant macrofossils to study past changes in environment.
Our paper, published today in Nature Communications, is a collaboration between archaeologists and traditional owners to identify evidence of the earliest plant foods eaten by Australian Aboriginal populations, 65–53,000 years ago.
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