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14 February, 2017

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Exhibition: Scholarly Discovery 2016: Researching in Special Collections

Date/Time: Monday, 6 February 2017 - Sunday, 9 April 2017

Location: Barr Smith Library, Rare Books & Special Collections, Level 1

Cost: Free: All Welcome

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This exhibition showcases the contributions of Rare Books & Special Collections to learning and research throughout 2016. We have supported undergraduate students with assignments, researchers with source materials and creative projects with inspirational works. We have also responded to queries from interstate and international researchers ranging from Broome to Russia, and supplied resources to exhibitions from Springfield (Adelaide) to Edinburgh (Scotland), while our digitised items continue to disseminate our unique holdings throughout the world.

Contact: Ms Cheryl Hoskin, Email:, Special Collections Librarian, Business: (08) 8313 5224


Research Tuesdays: Connected to Country

Date/Time: Tuesday, 14 February 2017, 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Location: The Braggs lecture theatre, North Terrace campus

Cost: Free event - all welcome. Registrations essential

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Indigenous Australians have a remarkably deep cultural and spiritual connection to their country. Now, research at the Australian Centre for Ancient DNA is explaining the history behind this.

The landmark Aboriginal Heritage Project between the University of Adelaide and the South Australian Museum is creating a 'genetic map' of Australia's first 50,000 years, using DNA analysis of hair samples collected from Aboriginal Australians between the 1920s and 1960s, together with extensive cultural and genealogical data.

The genetic record is astounding. Following initial settlement in the north around 50,000 years ago, Aboriginal groups rapidly moved around both coasts before meeting in South Australia. Following this, there has been strikingly little movement or mixing creating a pattern unlike anywhere else in the world.

The research will enable Indigenous individuals to retrace their family and regional history, including the displaced Stolen Generations and their descendants.

This fascinating presentation will explore Australia's history and the team's collaboration with Aboriginal communities and families, and what they're working to achieve next.

The presenter

Professor Alan Cooper is founder and Director of the Australian Centre for Ancient DNA at the University of Adelaide, and the 2016 South Australian Scientist of the Year. He has led many large international multidisciplinary studies and created major new research areas including ancient human microbiomes (bacteria), ancient human genomes, and reconstructing the genomic history of Europe.

Contact: Mrs Maria Mesa, Email:, Events and Sponsorships Coordinator, Business: 08 8313 6381