Preserving Our Archaeological Past: Queensland Museum Antiquities



Precious biodegradable materials from archaeological collections require strict conditions to properly care for and preserve these priceless objects.

Queensland Museum Senior Curator of Archaeology Dr Brit Asmussen and Senior Conservator Cathy ter Bogt will share the science and the art of preserving archaeological materials from the Queensland Museum’s rare collections.


Bernie Hobbs

Bernie Hobbs


Bernie Hobbs

Best known as a judge from The New Inventors and her many years with ABC Science, Bernie Hobbs is an award-winning science writer and broadcaster. Originally from Brisbane, Bernie is...

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Cathy ter Bogt

Cathy ter Bogt


Cathy ter Bogt

Cathy completed a Bachelor of Engineering (Materials) and Arts before discovering the fascinating and diverse field of conservation. She received a Masters in Applied Science (Conservation of Cultural Materials), University...

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Brit Asmussen

Brit Asmussen


Brit Asmussen

Dr Brit Asmussen is Senior Curator, Archaeology, at Queensland Museum. Brit works with archaeological, cultural and archival collections, working to understand their varied histories and stories. She applies archaeological research...

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Australian Archaeology Loan Kit

Explore evidence located at different layers of archaeological excavation in Australia.

Contains curriculum links to: 
Year 7

Behind the Scenes: Archaeology

Archaeology studies human society by analysing its material remnants. These remnants are sometimes small objects (or ‘artefacts’), such as stone tools, pieces of pottery, coins, or glass bottles, but they can also be entire buildings or even entire towns.

Environmental Archaeology

Within archaeology there are numerous specialities or sub-disciplines, one of which is ‘environmental archaeology’. Environmental archaeologists use the evidence gained from individual artefacts, whole landscapes, and everything in between to understand how humans relate to their environment.



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Level 2, Theatre, Queensland Museum, South Brisbane, QLD, Australia

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