Thomas Sutikna, co-discoverer of the Hobbit, continues research through Wollonggong University fellowship

Thomas Sutikna. Source: The Conversation 20141030

A new fellowship has been set up at the University of Wollonggong, in memory of the late Mike Morwood, to continue the research into the ‘hobbit’. The first recipient of the fellowship is Thomas Sutikna, one of the co-discoverers of the astonishing find.

Thomas Sutikna. Source: The Conversation 20141030
Thomas Sutikna. Source: The Conversation 20141030

Hobbit’s world to be explored with University of Wollongong fellowship
Illawara Mercury, 28 October 2014

A decade on and the Hobbit still holds secrets
The Conversation, 30 October 2014

The University of Wollongong has created a fellowship in memory of the late archaeologist Mike Morwood, to mark 10 years since controversial papers were published proclaiming a team co-led by Prof Morwood had discovered a tiny new human species, nicknamed the “Hobbit”.

Prof Morwood’s colleague and friend, Thomas Sutikna, will be the first recipient of the Michael J. Morwood postdoctoral fellowship.

Mr Sutikna was one of the key Indonesian archaeologists involved in the original Hobbit discovery at Liang Bua, on the Indonesian island of Flores.

He will begin his fellowship next year, including continued research at Liang Bua and exploration of limestone caves elsewhere in the Indonesian archipelago.

Mr Sutikna aims to find out more about the Hobbit’s last days and to make other new discoveries.

Full stories here and here.

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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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