Academic Staff Qualifications

Research Interests

Dr Jonathan Benjamin
BA, University of California Los Angeles
PhD University of Edinburgh

Inundation of terrestrial sites and resulting impacts on hunter-gatherer and early agricultural societies, Pleistocene-Holocene transitions, early human and cultural migrations and applied methodology in maritime and underwater archaeology.

Associate Professor Heather Burke
Graduate Programme Coordinator
BA (Hons), PhD University of New England

European constructions of cultural landscapes; standing structures, style and social identity; ideology and capitalism; mining; the frontier and contact; working class archaeology; heritage interpretation and the uses of archaeology; archaeology of the Chinese in Australia; World War II

Dr Alice Gorman
On leave 2012-2014
BA Melbourne, PhD University of New England
Archaeology of space exploration; terrestrial launch sites; cultural heritage management of orbital debris; lithic analysis; flaked bottle glass; body modification; history of anthropology


Dr Mick Morrison
BA (Hons) James Cook University, PhD Flinders
Archaeology of Australian gatherer-hunter peoples; coastal archaeology and shell midden analysis; archaeology of cross-cultural engagement; Christian missions and Aboriginal people; Indigenous cultural heritage management; Indigenous land and sea management

Professor Donald Pate
BA, BS (Hons) San Diego State, Grad. Cert. Tertiary Ed. Flinders, MA, PhD Brown

Archaeological science; archaeological chemistry, palaeodiet; palaeoecology; bio-archaeology; archaeology of Native North America; Australian Indigenous archaeology; modern material culture; anthropological archaeology; behavioral biology; human evolution.

Dr Amy Roberts
Director of Studies
BA (Hons) Flinders University, Grad. Cert. App Anth. University of Western Australia, PhD Flinders University
Archaeology and anthropology of Indigenous Australia; native title; stone artefact analysis; stable carbon and nitrogen isotope analysis; the relationship between archaeology and anthropology; Indigenous traditional fishing; Murray and Mallee archaeology and anthropology; Yorke Peninsula archaeology and anthropology

Professor Claire Smith
Head of Department
BA (Hons), PhD University of New England

Australian Indigenous archaeology; archaeology of art; gender and material culture; the archaeology of contact; archaeological ethics

Dr Wendy van Duivenvoorde
Post Graduate and Honours Coordinator
BA, University of Amsterdam
PhD, Texas A & M University

Maritime history, maritime trade and shipbuilding in the Mediterranean and northwest Europe, early seventeenth century East Indiamen, Greek and Roman anchors.