Position

Associate Professor
Archaeology

Biography

Heather is an historical archaeologist with a wide range of research interests, including the construction of class and status through material culture, the archaeology of cross-cultural engagement and the links between cultural heritage and contemporary social identity. She graduated with a PhD from UNE (Armidale) in 1996, and has worked on historical and Indigenous archaeological sites throughout New South Wales, South Australia, Tasmania, Queensland and the Northern Territory. Her current research focusses on the 'frontier' and its social and material effects.

Qualifications

Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honours) UNE
Doctor of Philosophy (Archaeology) UNE

Honours, awards and grants

Carrick Award for Australian University Teaching, Team Teaching, Award for Teaching Excellence (with C. Smith)
Vice-Chancellor's Award for Teaching, Flinders University, Team Category (with C. Smith)
White Bequest Award for an Archaeological Publication, Australian Academy of the Humanities.

2016-2019 ARC Discovery Project The Archaeology of the Queensland Native Mounted Police

2014 ARC LIEF—Federated Archaeological Information Management Systems Project: Transforming archaeological research through digital technologies

2012–2013 National eResearch Collaboration Tools and Resources (NeCTAR)—Federated Archaeological information Management System

Key responsibilities

Editorships and editorial boards

Editor, Australian Archaeology (2012-2015)

Editorial Advisory Board,Queensland Archaeological Research (2017)

Associate Editor (Australia and New Zealand), Historical Archaeology (2016 - present)

Editorial Board, Archaeologies, the Journal of the World Archaeological Congress (2015 - present)

Editorial Board, Australasian Journal of Historical Archaeology (2011 - present)

Editorial Advisory Board, Australian Archaeology (2011-2015)

External committee memberships

2016 –Archaeological Heritage Working Group, State Heritage Unit, Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources, SA

2015–Australasian Society for Historical Archaeology (ASHA) Best Honours Thesis and Best Postgraduate Thesis Awards Committee

2012-2013–NeCTAR Archaeological Information Management Systems Project Steering Committee

2010-present–Australian Archaeological Association (AAA) Annual Awards Committee

2009-2012–State Heritage Register Committee, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, South Australia.

2009-2011–Australian World Heritage Reference Group

2007-2008–National benchmarking, undergraduate Australian archaeology degrees committee

2003–Chair, Program Committee, Fifth World Archaeological Congress, Washington D.C. This conference attracted over 1200 participants and 990 papers

1990-1991–Secretary, Australian Archaeological Association (AAA)

Teaching interests

Historical archaeology, historical artefacts, heritage management, research methods, archaeology of modern society

Topic Coordinator:

  • ARCH2203  Australian Historical Artefacts
  • ARCH8019  Heritage Management Planning
  • ARCH8020  Research Methods
  • ARCH8401  Historical Artefact Analysis
  • ARCH8403  Directed Study in Cultural Heritage Management
  • ARCH8404  Directed Study in Archaeology
  • ARCH8806  Historical Archaeology Field School
  • ARCH8807  Advanced Archaeology Field School

Topic Lecturer:

  • ARCH2212  Archaeology of Modern Society

Research expertise

  • Archaeology

Research interests

  • Standing structures, style and social identity
  • Ideology, class and capitalism
  • The frontier and culture contact
  • Working class archaeology
  • The archaeology of incarceration and asylums
  • Women and gender in historical archaeology
  • Heritage interpretation and the contemporary uses of archaeology
  • Archaeology of the Chinese in Australia
  • Archaeology of WWII
  • Artefact analysis and historical archaeology

Supervisory interests

  • Archaeological theory
  • Contact archaeology
  • Cultural heritage management
  • Historical archaeology
  • Modern material culture

RHD research supervision

Current

Principal supervisor : Archaeological theory and gender (1) ; Historical archaeology (4) ;

Associate supervisor : Ceramics (1) ; Architecture (1) ; Historical archaeology (2) ; Contact archaeology (1) ;

Completion

Principal supervisor : Historical Archaeology (3) ; Cultural heritage management (2) ;

Associate supervisor : Historical Archaeology (6) ; Ceramics (1) ; Indigenous archaeology (2) ; Maritime archaeology (2) ;

Publications

  • Burke, H.D., Gorman, A., Mayes, K. and Renshaw, D. (2011). The Heritage Uncertainty Principle: Excavating Air Raid Shelters from the Second World War. In Katsuyuki Okamura and Akira Matsuda, ed. New Perspectives in Global Public Archaeology. New York, USA: Springer, pp. 139-154.
  • Burke, H.D. and Smith, C. (2010). Vestiges of Colonialism: Manifestations of the Culture-Nature Divide in Australian Heritage Management. In PM Messenger & GS Smith, ed. Cultural Heritage Management: A Global Perspective. Gainesville, USA: Florida University Press, pp. 21-37.
    [Scopus]
  • Burke, H.D. and Smith, C.E. (2008). Perspectives on the Ancient One. In Heather Burke, Claire Smith, Dorothy Lippert, Joe Watkins and Larry Zimmerman,, ed. Kennewick Man : perspectives on the Ancient One. Walnut Creek, California: Left Coast Press, pp. 20-25.
  • Burke, H.D. and Smith, C.E. (2007). Lectures as usual? Teaching archaeology for fun. In Heather Burke and Claire Smith, ed. Archaeology to delight and instruct : active learning in the university classroom. Walnut Creek, California: Left Coast Press, pp. 11-34.
  • Burke, H.D. and Smith, C.E. (2007). Seven degrees of archaeology, or diverse ways of interpreting the past. In Heather Burke and Claire Smith, ed. Archaeology to delight and instruct : active learning in the university classroom. Walnut Creek, California: Left Coast Press, pp. 37-44.
  • Smith, C.E. and Burke, H.D. (2007). The skin game: Teaching to redress stereotypes of Indigenous people. In Heather Burke and Claire Smith, ed. Archaeology to delight and instruct : active learning in the university classroom. Walnut Creek, California: Left Coast Press, pp. 80-101.
  • Burke, H.D. (2006). Ideology and the Material Culture of Life And Death. In Martin Hall, Stephen Silliman, ed. Historical Archaeology. Oxford, UK: Blackwell Publishing, pp. 128-146.
  • Smith, C.E. and Burke, H.D. (2004). Joining the dots: managing the land and seascapes of Indigenous Australians. In Igor Krupnik, Rachel Mason, Tonia Woods Horton, ed. Northern ethnographic landscapes : perspectives from the circumpolar nations. Washington, USA: Smithsonian Institute, pp. 379-399.
  • Smith, C.E. and Burke, H.D. (2003). In the Spirit of the Code. In Larry J. Zimmerman, Karen D. Vitelli and Julie Hollowell-Zimmer, ed. Ethical Issues in Archaeology. Walnut Creek, CA: AltaMira Press, pp. 177-197.
  • Burke, H.D., Morrison, M.J. and Smith, C.E. (2017). The Archaeologist's Field Handbook. 2nd ed. Sydney: Allen and Unwin.
  • Burke, H.D., Smith, C.E. and Zimmerman, L. (2009). The Archaeologist's Field Handbook. North American Edition. North American edition ed. Walnut Creek, California: AltaMira Press.
  • Domingo Sanz, I., Burke, H.D. and Smith, C.E. (2007). Manual de campo del arqueologo. Barcelona, Spain: Ariel Editorial.
  • Smith, C.E. and Burke, H.D. (2007). Digging it Up Down Under: A Practical Guide to Doing Archaeology in Australia. New York: Springer.
  • Burke, H.D. and Smith, C.E. (2004). The Archaeologist's Field Handbook. Sydney, NSW: Allen and Unwin.
  • Burke, H.D. (2007). The future of historical archaeology. Encyclopaedia of Archaeology, pp. 1443-1445.
    [Scopus]
  • Smith, C.E. and Burke, H.D. (2005). Mortimer Wheeler, Lewis Binford, Ian Hodder ... and you: Active learning in archaeology. In Andrew Brew and Christine Asmar, ed. Higher Education in a Changing World: Research and Development in Higher Education. New South Wales, Australia: Higher Education Research Development Society of Australia. HERDSA Conference 2005. Sydney, NSW. Jul 2005, pp. 515-524.
  • Burke, H.D., Wallis, L.A., Barker, B., Tutty, M., Davidson, I., Hatte, E., et al. (2017). The homestead as fortress: fact or folklore? Aboriginal History, 41
  • Roberts, A.L., Van Duivenvoorde, W., Morrison, M.J., Moffat, I.A., Burke, H.D., Kowlessar, J., et al. (2017). ‘They call ‘im Crowie’: An investigation of the Aboriginal significance attributed to a wrecked River Murray barge in South Australia. International Journal of Nautical Archaeology,
    [10.1111/1095-9270.12208]
  • Wallis, L.A., Davidson, I., Burke, H.D., Mitchell, S.A., Barker, B., Hatte, E., et al. (2017). Aboriginal stone huts along the Georgina River, southwest Queensland. QUEENSLAND ARCHAEOLOGICAL RESEARCH, 20 pp. 1-8.
    [10.25120/qar.20.2017] [10.25120/qar.20.2017.3584]
  • Smith, C.E., Burke, H.D., De Leiuen, C. and Jackson, G.T. (2016). The Islamic State’s symbolic war: Socially mediated terrorism as a threat to cultural heritage. Journal of Social Archaeology, 16(2) pp. 164-188.
    [10.1177/1469605315617048] [Scopus]
  • Burke, H.D., Arthure, S.A. and De Leiuen, C. (2016). A context for concealment: the historical archaeology of folk ritual and superstition in Australia. International Journal of Historical Archaeology, 20(1) pp. 45-72.
    [10.1007/s10761-015-0318-1] [Scopus]
  • Burke, H.D., Roberts, A.L., Morrison, M.J. and Sullivan, V. (2016). The space of conflict: Aboriginal/European interactions and frontier violence on the Western Central Murray, South Australia, 1830-1841. Aboriginal History, 40 pp. 145-179.
    [Web Link] [Web Link]
  • Smith, C.E., Garvey, J., Burke, H.D. and Domingo Sanz, I. (2015). Success Strategies for a Career in Archaeology. Archaeologies, 11(2) pp. 300-336.
    [10.1007/s11759-015-9273-z] [Scopus]
  • Wallis, L., Gorman, A. and Burke, H.D. (2013). The opportunities and challenges of graduate level teaching in cultural heritage management. Australian Archaeology, 76 pp. 52-61.
    [Scopus]
  • Burke, H. and Grimwade, G. (2013). The Historical Archaeology of the Chinese in Far North Queensland. QUEENSLAND ARCHAEOLOGICAL RESEARCH, 16 pp. 121-139.
    [Web Link]
  • Smith, C.E. and Burke, H.D. (2006). Glass Ceilings, Glass Parasols and Australian Academic Archaeology. Australian Archaeology, 62 pp. 13-25.
    [Scopus]
  • Smith, C.E. and Burke, H.D. (2005). Becoming Binford: Fun Ways of Teaching Archaeological Theory and Method. Public Archaeology, 4(1) pp. 35-49.
  • Burke, H.D., Morrison, M.J. and Smith, C.E. (2017). The Archaeologist's Field Handbook. 2nd ed. Sydney: Allen and Unwin.
  • Smith, C.E. and Burke, H.D. (2007). Digging it Up Down Under: A Practical Guide to Doing Archaeology in Australia. New York: Springer.
  • Burke, H.D., Gorman, A., Mayes, K. and Renshaw, D. (2011). The Heritage Uncertainty Principle: Excavating Air Raid Shelters from the Second World War. In Katsuyuki Okamura and Akira Matsuda, ed. New Perspectives in Global Public Archaeology. New York, USA: Springer, pp. 139-154.
  • Burke, H.D. and Smith, C. (2010). Vestiges of Colonialism: Manifestations of the Culture-Nature Divide in Australian Heritage Management. In PM Messenger & GS Smith, ed. Cultural Heritage Management: A Global Perspective. Gainesville, USA: Florida University Press, pp. 21-37.
    [Scopus]
  • Burke, H.D. and Smith, C.E. (2008). Perspectives on the Ancient One. In Heather Burke, Claire Smith, Dorothy Lippert, Joe Watkins and Larry Zimmerman,, ed. Kennewick Man : perspectives on the Ancient One. Walnut Creek, California: Left Coast Press, pp. 20-25.
  • Burke, H.D. and Smith, C.E. (2007). Lectures as usual? Teaching archaeology for fun. In Heather Burke and Claire Smith, ed. Archaeology to delight and instruct : active learning in the university classroom. Walnut Creek, California: Left Coast Press, pp. 11-34.
  • Burke, H.D. and Smith, C.E. (2007). Seven degrees of archaeology, or diverse ways of interpreting the past. In Heather Burke and Claire Smith, ed. Archaeology to delight and instruct : active learning in the university classroom. Walnut Creek, California: Left Coast Press, pp. 37-44.
  • Smith, C.E. and Burke, H.D. (2007). The skin game: Teaching to redress stereotypes of Indigenous people. In Heather Burke and Claire Smith, ed. Archaeology to delight and instruct : active learning in the university classroom. Walnut Creek, California: Left Coast Press, pp. 80-101.
  • Burke, H.D. (2006). Ideology and the Material Culture of Life And Death. In Martin Hall, Stephen Silliman, ed. Historical Archaeology. Oxford, UK: Blackwell Publishing, pp. 128-146.
  • Wallis, L.A., Davidson, I., Burke, H.D., Mitchell, S.A., Barker, B., Hatte, E., et al. (2017). Aboriginal stone huts along the Georgina River, southwest Queensland. QUEENSLAND ARCHAEOLOGICAL RESEARCH, 20 pp. 1-8.
    [10.25120/qar.20.2017] [10.25120/qar.20.2017.3584]

Professional and community engagement

Historical archaeology is an area that is important to the identity of local communities. As a consequence, the Department receives continual requests for expert assistance and research. These are some of the major historical archaeological projects initated by community request.

2015-2017: Clamor Schurmann and the Barngarla Language School, Port Lincoln.This project was intitated by the Barngarla community for whom this is an important historical site.

2014-2024: The archaeology of Willow Court, Tasmania. This project was initiated by the Derwent Valley Council, who want to preserve this signficant site and interpret it for future generations.

2014-2015: The archaeology of the Magpie Gully ruin, Sturt Gorge, in conjunction with the Friends of Sturt Gorge, who wanted to know more about the ruin and interpret it for visitors to the park.

2014-2016: The archaeology and heritage management of Calperum Station, central River Murray, SA. This project was initiated by Calperum Station management and the Australian Landscape Trust and has several components.

2009-2013: Excavations at the site of Mary Mackillop's stable school in Penola in conjunction with the Mackillop Interpretive Centre and the Sisters of St Joseph.

2010-2013: Excavations at the site of the Seven Stars Hotel in Malala in conjunction with the Malala Museum and the Mallala and District Historical Committee.

2004-2012: Archaeology of the air raid shelters at the Repatriation General Hospital, Adelaide. This project was initiated by Repat staff who wanted to find out whether any traces remained of the WWII air raid shelters reputed to lie beneath the hospital grounds.

The many Industry Partner projects completed by students in the graduate program in Archaeology and Heritage Management are all examples of community engagement projects conducted through historical archaeology (see Directed Studies Library).

Expertise for media contact

Interests

  • Cultural heritage management
  • Heritage preservation
  • Historical archaeology

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