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August 2017

  • 31 August 2017

    Eureka Prize win for Aboriginal Heritage Project

    A project creating the first genetic map of Aboriginal Australia before European arrival has won national recognition with the 2017 Eureka Prize for Excellence in Interdisciplinary Scientific Research.

    The Aboriginal Heritage Project is led by the University of Adelaide’s Australian Centre for Ancient DNA (ACAD) in partnership with the South Australian Museum, and in collaboration with Aboriginal families and communities across Australia.

    The research uses DNA from historical hair samples collected from Aboriginal people across Australia during a series of remarkable anthropological expeditions run by the University of Adelaide across Australia from 1928 through the 1960s, now held by the South Australian Museum along with detailed information about the birthplaces, family history, film, audio and written records.