Position

Research Fellow in Archaeological Science
Humanities and Creative Arts

Biography

Ian is interested in all applications of earth science techniques to archaeology including, in particular, archaeological geophysics, isotope and trace element geochemistry, geomatics and geoarchaeology. He has contributed to a wide range of academic and consultancy projects within Australia and internationally including locating and mapping features such as historic and Indigenous graves, hearths, buried pottery, middens, shipwrecks, lost anchors and historic material culture, tracing migrations with isotope geochemistry and reconstructing palaeoenivronments using sedimentological techniques.

Ian leads the Drumbeat of Human Evolution: Climate Proxies from Rockshelter Sediments, Detection of Unmarked Graves and New Methods in Digital Rock Art Research projects at Flinders and collaborates on Chronology, Diet, Mobility and Cultural Interaction Amongst Holocene Chilean Populations, Bioarchaeology and Health in Late Holocene Coastal Hunter-Gatherers of the Adelaide Plains, Early Colonial Health, Diet and Social Differentiation in Adelaide and Sydney, Pleistocene-Holocene Transitions in the Murray River Valley and New Light on Cambodia's Dark Age.

Ian was formerly a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Laboratory of Geophysical-Remote Sensing & Archaeoenvironment at the Institute for Mediterranean Studies, Communications and Business Manager at Ecophyte Technologies, a Consultant at Archaeometry and a Principal Instructor at Precipice Training. He is an Adjunct Research Fellow within the Geoarchaeology and Archaeometry Research Group at Southern Cross GeoScience and tweets at @archaeometry.

Qualifications

PhD, Research School of Earth Sciences, The Australian National University
BA, English and History, University of Queensland
BSc. (Hons), Earth Sciences, University of Queensland

Honours, awards and grants

Editorial Board Member:

Topic Coordinator:

  • ARCH8808  Introductory Archaeological Geophysics

Research expertise

  • Archaeology
  • Geochemistry
  • Geology
  • Geophysics

Research interests

  • Archaeological Geophysics
  • Isotope Geochemistry
  • Sedimentology
  • Sequence Stratigraphy
  • Geoarchaeology
  • Site Formation Processes

Supervisory interests

  • Archaeological geophysics
  • Geoarchaeology
  • Geochemistry
  • Geomatics

RHD research supervision

Current

Associate supervisor : Archaeological Science (1) ;

Publications

  • Simon, F.X. and Moffat, I.A. (2015). Identification of shapes and uses of past landscapes through EMI survey. In Sarris, A., ed. Best Practices of GeoInformatic Technologies for the Mapping of Archaeolandscapes. Oxford: Archaeopress, pp. 25-33.
    [Web Link]
  • Moffat, I.A. (2015). Locating Graves with Geophysics. In Sarris, A., ed. Best Practices of GeoInformatic Technologies for the Mapping of Archaeolandscapes. Oxford: Archaeopress, pp. 45-54.
    [Web Link]
  • Moffat, I.A. (2014). Isotope Geochemistry in Archaeology. In Claire Smith, ed. Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology. New York Dordrecht Heidelberg London: Springer, pp. 4106-4111.
  • Moffat, I.A., Raupp, J.T. and VanZandt, D. (2007). Attention to Detail: Geophysical and Historical Investigations around Port Elliot, South Australia. In Jennifer McKinnon, Jason Raupp, ed. A Year in Review: 2006 Program in Maritime Archaeology. Adelaide, SA: Shannon Research Press, pp. 72-81.
  • McKinnon, J.F., Moffat, I.A. and Smith, A.L. (2007). A Needle in a Haystack: Archaeological and Geophysical Investigations of Historic Shipwreck Shelter Huts on Kangaroo Island. In Jennifer McKinnon and Jason Raupp, ed. A Year in Review: 2006 Program in Maritime Archaeology. Bedford Park, SA: Shannon Research Press, pp. 4-16.
  • Dappert, C.P. and Moffat, I.A. (2007). The Search for the Independence Construction Site, American River, Kangaroo Island. In Jennifer McKinnon and Jason Raupp, ed. A Year in Review: 2006 Program in Maritime Archaeology. South Australia: Shannon Research Press, pp. 27-45.
  • Moffat, I.A., Wallis, L.A., Chang, N., Beale, A., Hall, S., Holt, L., et al. (2008). The Role of Geophysical Techniques in Community Archaeology: Examples from Historic Cemeteries (abstract) In Archaeology from Below: Engaging the Public. AIMA/ASHA/AAMH Conference. Adelaide, SA, pp. 40-41.
    [Web Link]
  • Moffat, I.A., Grun, R., Kelly, T.E., Fitzsimmons, K. and McMillan, R. (2008). Preliminary findings on the depositional history of the Lake Mungo Lunette [abstract] In AINSE Quaternary Dating Workshop. Sydney, NSWAINSE Quaternary Dating Workshop. AINSE Theatre, Lucas Heights, Sydney, NSW, pp. 76-76.
  • Moffat, I.A., Wallis, L.A. and Keys, B. (2008). Archaeological dating and the role of sedimentary analysis in exploring human-environment relationships at Gledswood 1, Queensland [abstract] In AINSE Quaternary Dating Workshop. Sydney, NSWAINSE Quaternary Dating Workshop. AINSE Theatre, Lucas Heights, Sydney, NSW, pp. 71-71.
  • Moffat, I.A., Wallis, L.A., Chang, N. and Beale, A. (2008). The Geophysical Detection of Historic Graves (abstract) In Archaeological Science Conference. Archaeological Science Conference. The Australian National University, ACT.
  • Moffat, I., Wallis, L.A., Domett, K. and Trevorrow, G. (2007). Geophysical prospection for Late Holocene skeletal remains, Coorong, South Australia. In QUATERNARY INTERNATIONAL. XVII INQUA Congress 2007. Cairns, QLD, pp. 286-286.
  • Moffat, I.A., Wallis, L.A., Trevorrow, G. and Massy, T. (2006). The role for geophysical survey techniques within the repatriation and reburial process: A Ngarrindjeri case study. In Modern humans in Asia, Australia and Oceania: timing, impact, signatures and spread. Australian Archaeological Association. Australian Archaeological Association Annual Conference 2006. Beechworth, Victoria. Dec 2006.
  • Moffat, I.A., Wallis, L.A., Mill, P.D. and Keane, B. (2006). Geophysical investigations at the Alleged Woolgar Massacre site, NW Queensland. In Proceedings of the International Workshop on Criminal and Environmental Soil Forensics. CSIRO Publishing. 18th International Symposium on the Forensic Sciences. Perth, Australia. Apr 2006.
  • Moffat, I. and Wallis, L.A. (2005). Applications of Multi-Technique geophysical survey to sites of frontier conflict. In Hook, F; Paterson, A; Souter, C, ed. The Archaeology of Trade and Exchange: Program and Abstracts of the 2005 Australian Archaeological Association (AAA) and Australasian Institute for Maritime Archaeology (AIMA) Conference, Fremantle, Western Australia (27-30 November 2005) Perth, WA: Australasian Institute for Maritime Archaeology. Australian Archaeological Association and Australasian Maritime Archaeology Conference. Fremantle, WA. Nov 2005, pp. 62-62.
  • Wallis, L.A., Wright, R., Moffat, I. and Domett, K. (2005). Investigating the Woolgar Aboriginal Massacre, Northwest Queensland: A preliminary report. In Fiona Hook, Alistair Paterson and Corioli Souter, ed. The Archaeology of Trade and Exchange: Proceedings of the AAA & AIMA Joint Conference. Perth, WA: Australian Archaeological Association. Australian Archaeological Association and Australasian Maritime Archaeology Conference. Fremantle, WA. Nov 2005.
  • Moffat, I.A. and Wallis, L.A. (2009). Archaeological geophysics at Flinders University. Preview: The Magazine of the Australian Society of Exploration Geophysicists, 143 pp. 29-32.
    [Web Link] [Web Link]
  • Moffat, I.A. (2013). Spatially Resolved Strontium Isotope Micro-Analysis of Lower and Middle Palaeolithic Fauna from Archaeological Sites in Israel and Southern France. PhD. The Australian National University
    [Web Link]
  • 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]
  • Duke, B., Chang, N., Moffat, I.A. and Morris, W. (2016). THE INVISIBLE MOATS OF THE MUN RIVER VALLEY, NE THAILAND: THE EXAMINATION OF WATER MANAGEMENT DEVICES AT MOUNDED SITES THROUGH GROUND PENETRATING RADAR (GPR) Journal of Indo-Pacific Archaeology, 40 pp. 1-11.
    [Web Link]
  • Dosseto, A., Vigier, N., Joannes-Boyau, R., Moffat, I.A., Singh, T. and Srivastava, P. (2015). Rapid response of silicate weathering rates to climate change in the Himalaya. Geochemical Perspectives Letters, 1 pp. 10-19.
    [10.7185/geochemlet.1502]
  • Papadopoulos, N., Moffat, I.A., Donati, J., Sarris, A., Kalayci, T., Cantoro, G., et al. (2015). Geophysical mapping of a classical Greek road network: a case study from the city of Elis, Peloponnese. Archaeologia Polona, 53 pp. 489-492.
    [Web Link] [Web Link]
  • Simyrdanis, K., Papadopoulos, N., Kim, J.H., Tsourlos, P. and Moffat, I.A. (2015). Archaeological Investigations in Shallow Seawater Environment with Electrical Resistivity Tomography. Near surface Geophysics, 13(6) pp. 601-611.
    [10.3997/1873-0604.2015045] [Scopus]
  • Long, K., Stern, N., Williams, I., Kinsley, L., Wood, R., Sporcic, K., et al. (2014). Fish otolith geochemistry, environmental conditions and human occupation at Lake Mungo, Australia. Quaternary Science Reviews, 88 pp. 82-95.
    [Scopus]
  • Joannes-Boyau, R., Scheffers, A., Chapoulie, R., Lahaye, C., Parr, J., Orange, M., et al. (2014). Thermal behaviour of organic radicals and paramagnetic centres in chert: a case study of Bergeracois brown chert, Dordogne, France. Quaternary Geochronology, 23 pp. 26-34.
    [Scopus]
  • Willmes, M., McMorrow, L., Kinsley, L., Armstrong, R., Aubert, M., Eggins, S., et al. (2014). The IRHUM (Isotopic Reconstruction of Human Migration) database - bioavailable strontium isotope ratios for geochemical fingerprinting in France. Earth System Science Data, 6 pp. 761-777.
    [Scopus] [Web Link]
  • McKinnon, J., Wesley, D.L., Raupp, J. and Moffat, I.A. (2013). Geophysical investigations at the Anuru Bay trepang site: A new approach to locating Macassan archaeological sites in Northern Australia. The Journal of the Australasian Institute for Maritime Archaeology, 37 pp. 107-113.
    [Web Link]
  • Moffat, I.A., Grun, R. and Stringer, C. (2012). Spatially Resolved LA-MC-ICPMS Strontium Isotope Micro-Analysis of Archaeological Fauna. PALAIOS, 27(9) pp. 667-670.
    [10.2110/palo.2012.SO5] [Scopus]
  • Marshallsay, J., Moffat, I.A. and Beale, A. (2012). Geophysical Investigations of the Tabernacle (Yilke) Cemetery, Encounter Bay, South Australia. Journal of the Anthropological Society of South Australia, 35 pp. 91-103.
    [Web Link]
  • Aubert, M., Williams, I., Boljkovac, K., Moffat, I.A., Moncel, M.H., Dufour, E., et al. (2012). In situ oxygen isotope micro-analysis of faunal material and human teeth using a SHRIMP II: a new tool for palaeo-ecology and archaeology. Journal of Archaeological Science, 39(10) pp. 3184-3194.
    [10.1016/j.jas.2012.05.002] [Scopus]
  • Bladon, P., Moffat, I., Guilfoyle, D., Beale, A. and Milani, J. (2011). Mapping anthropogenic fill with GPR for unmarked grave detection: a case study from a possible location of Mokare's grave, Albany, Western Australia. Exploration Geophysics, 42(4) pp. 249-257.
    [10.1071/EG11018] [Scopus]
  • Moffat, I., David, B., Barker, B., Kuaso, A., Skelly, R. and Araho, N. (2011). Magnetometer surveys in archaeological research in Papua New Guinea: Keveoki 1, Gulf Province. Archaeology in Oceania, 46 pp. 17-22.
    [Scopus] [Web Link]
  • Moffat, I.A., Wallis, L.A., Hounslow, M.W., Niland, K.M., Domett, K. and Trevorrow, G. (2010). Geophysical prospection for Late Holocene burials in coastal environments: A pilot study from South Australia. Geoarchaeology-An International Journal, 25(5) pp. 645-665.
    [10.1002/gea.20321] [Scopus]
  • Moffat, I.A., Wallis, L.A., Keys, B.O. and Fallon, S. (2009). Gledswood 1 Shelter: initial radiocarbon dates from a Pleistocene aged rockshelter site in north Queensland. Australian Archaeology, 69 pp. 71-74.
    [Scopus] [Web Link]
  • David, B., Araho, N., Barker, B., Kuaso, A. and Moffat, I.A. (2009). Keveoki I: Exploring the Hiri Ceramics Trade at a Short-Lived Village Site near the Vailala River, Papua New Guinea. Australian Archaeology, 68 pp. 11-22.
    [Scopus] [Web Link]
  • Wallis, L.A., Moffat, I.A., Trevorrow, G. and Massey, T. (2008). Locating places for repatriated burial: A case study from Ngarrindjeri ruwe, South Australia. Antiquity, 82(317) pp. 750-760.
    [Scopus]
  • David, B., Araho, N., Kuaso, A., Moffat, I.A. and Tapper, N. (2008). The Upihoi find: wrecked wooden bevaia (lagatoi) hulls of Epemeavo village, Gulf Province, Papua New Guinea. Australian Archaeology, 66 pp. 1-14.
    [Scopus] [Web Link]
  • Moffat, I.A. and Raupp, J.T. (2008). A new approach to investigating shipwreck sites in littoral environments: Multi-technique geophysical investigations of Port Elliot, South Australia. Technical Briefs in Historical Archaeology, 3 pp. 1-7.
  • Moffat, I.A., Wallis, L.A., Beale, A. and Kynuna, D. (2008). Trialing geophysical techniques in the identification of open Indigenous sites in Australia: A case study from inland Northwest Queensland. Australian Archaeology, 66 pp. 60-63.
    [Scopus]
  • McKinnon, J.F., Smith, A.L. and Moffat, I. (2007). Kangaroo Island Shipwreck Shelter Huts. Bulletin of The Australasian Institute For Maritime Archaeology, 31 pp. 64-73.
  • 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]
  • Duke, B., Chang, N., Moffat, I.A. and Morris, W. (2016). THE INVISIBLE MOATS OF THE MUN RIVER VALLEY, NE THAILAND: THE EXAMINATION OF WATER MANAGEMENT DEVICES AT MOUNDED SITES THROUGH GROUND PENETRATING RADAR (GPR) Journal of Indo-Pacific Archaeology, 40 pp. 1-11.
    [Web Link]
  • Papadopoulos, N., Moffat, I.A., Donati, J., Sarris, A., Kalayci, T., Cantoro, G., et al. (2015). Geophysical mapping of a classical Greek road network: a case study from the city of Elis, Peloponnese. Archaeologia Polona, 53 pp. 489-492.
    [Web Link] [Web Link]
  • Dosseto, A., Vigier, N., Joannes-Boyau, R., Moffat, I.A., Singh, T. and Srivastava, P. (2015). Rapid response of silicate weathering rates to climate change in the Himalaya. Geochemical Perspectives Letters, 1 pp. 10-19.
    [10.7185/geochemlet.1502]
  • Simyrdanis, K., Papadopoulos, N., Kim, J.H., Tsourlos, P. and Moffat, I.A. (2015). Archaeological Investigations in Shallow Seawater Environment with Electrical Resistivity Tomography. Near surface Geophysics, 13(6) pp. 601-611.
    [10.3997/1873-0604.2015045] [Scopus]
  • Moffat, I.A. (2015). Locating Graves with Geophysics. In Sarris, A., ed. Best Practices of GeoInformatic Technologies for the Mapping of Archaeolandscapes. Oxford: Archaeopress, pp. 45-54.
    [Web Link]
  • Simon, F.X. and Moffat, I.A. (2015). Identification of shapes and uses of past landscapes through EMI survey. In Sarris, A., ed. Best Practices of GeoInformatic Technologies for the Mapping of Archaeolandscapes. Oxford: Archaeopress, pp. 25-33.
    [Web Link]
  • McKinnon, J.F., Moffat, I.A. and Smith, A.L. (2007). A Needle in a Haystack: Archaeological and Geophysical Investigations of Historic Shipwreck Shelter Huts on Kangaroo Island. In Jennifer McKinnon and Jason Raupp, ed. A Year in Review: 2006 Program in Maritime Archaeology. Bedford Park, SA: Shannon Research Press, pp. 4-16.
  • Dappert, C.P. and Moffat, I.A. (2007). The Search for the Independence Construction Site, American River, Kangaroo Island. In Jennifer McKinnon and Jason Raupp, ed. A Year in Review: 2006 Program in Maritime Archaeology. South Australia: Shannon Research Press, pp. 27-45.
  • Moffat, I.A., Raupp, J.T. and VanZandt, D. (2007). Attention to Detail: Geophysical and Historical Investigations around Port Elliot, South Australia. In Jennifer McKinnon, Jason Raupp, ed. A Year in Review: 2006 Program in Maritime Archaeology. Adelaide, SA: Shannon Research Press, pp. 72-81.

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Interests

  • Archaeological Geophysics
  • Archaeological Science
  • Geoarchaeology
  • Isotope Geochemistry

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