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PhD Scholarship – La Trobe University, Lost Mines Project

La Trobe University is offering a PhD scholarship to undertake archaeological research on the legacies of mining in Victoria as part of the Lost Mines Project. 

Lost Mines: The Troubled Legacies of Former Mining Landscapes is a project funded by the ARC to investigate how historic gold mining activities have left a toxic legacy of mercury in Victoria.   The project integrates historical archaeology, environmental humanities and environmental science in order to document the spatial distribution of contaminants and novel ways of understanding industrial heritage. The PhD is within the field of historical archaeology and will involve collaboration with environmental historians, hydrologists and biogeochemists from La Trobe University, Monash University and the Australian National University.

The candidate will undertake original research on archaeological sites associated with Victoria’s historic gold mining industry with a focus on locations of gold processing and waste disposal. The candidate will undertake archival research and fieldwork to document sites where mercury was used and will produce a landscape analysis of historic mining waste in Victoria. The PhD candidate will be based in Archaeology at La Trobe University (Melbourne).

Application details are available at  The closing date for Australian and New Zealand citizens and permanent residents is 30 April.  The deadline for international applications is 31 March. 

Please contact Susan Lawrence for further information.

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