Patrick Faulkner is a senior lecturer in the department of archaeology at The University of Sydney in Australia. His research interests include: coastal paleoeconomies, with a principal focus on the tropics; Australian archaeology, zooarchaeology, and taphonomy; and human ecology, economics, and human-environment interactions and technology. Currently, Faulkner is working on projects focusing on the archaeology and historical ecology of Eastern African coasts and islands, long-term human-environment interactions in Sri Lanka, and occupation and resource use of mollusks on Australian freshwater ecosystems. He receives research funding from the Australian Research Council.
A team of archaeologists are busy learning about human evolution, symbolism, and ritual from the remains of a child laid to rest in a Kenyan cave during the Middle Stone Age—the oldest-known human burial on the African continent to date.