Professor Amy Roberts


College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

place Humanities (231)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Amy Roberts is an archaeologist and anthropologist who primarily works with Indigenous communities in South Australia. In particular she continues her collaborations with Aboriginal peoples from the Mid Murray / Riverland and Yorke Peninsula regions. Her research with these communities covers a range of areas which reflects her long-term engagement with these groups. In recent years she has focused on the rock art of the Mid Murray, the ways in which Narungga people have and continue to engage with their seascape and the pre and post-contact archaeology of the Riverland (Amy is the lead investigator for the project 'White People had the Gun: Interrogating the Riverland's Colonial Frontier' LP170100479 and CI on the projects 'Ochre Archaeomicrobiology' DP190102219 and 'A National Facility for the 3D Imaging of the Near Surface' LE210100037. Prior to her appointment as an academic at Flinders University Amy worked as an ‘expert’ for a number of native title cases – including for the First Peoples of the River Murray and Mallee Region which achieved a successful determination. She continues to work in a consulting capacity on native title, Aboriginal heritage and stolen generations matters.

  • Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honours) Flinders University
  • Graduate Certificate of Applied Anthropology (Native Title and Cultural Heritage) University of Western Australia
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Archaeology) Flinders University
Honours, awards and grants


  • DP190102219
  • LP170100479
  • International Society for Archaeological Prospection
  • Natural Resources SA Murray-Darling Basin, Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources
  • IPinCH (Intellectual Property Issues in Cultural Heritage)/Simon Fraser University/Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada
  • Rio Tinto Aboriginal Foundation
  • State Government of South Australia - Attorney General's Department
  • State Government of South Australia - PIRSA - Fisheries Division
  • State Government of South Australia - Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation Division
  • Commission of Inquiry (Children in State Care)
  • Flinders University EHL OCL Grant
  • Flinders University ETHL Grant
  • Flinders University NCL Grant
  • Flinders University EHL Grant
  • Flinders University Conference Travel Fellowship


  • 1999-2002: Australian Postgraduate Award
  • 1999: Granted membership to the Golden Key National Honour Society
  • 1998: Chancellor's Letter of Commendation, Flinders University
  • 2010: AINSE Award
  • 2011: Flinders University Re-entry Fellowship
  • 2013: AINSE Award
  • 2014a: AINSE Award
  • 2014b: AINSE Award
  • 2014: Bruce Veitch Award for Excellence in Indigenous Engagement (
  • 2015: AINSE Award
  • 2015: Flinders University Faculty of Education, Law and Humanities Award for Excellence in Teaching
  • 2016 ANSTO Award
  • 2018 ANSTO Award
  • 2019 ANSTO Award
  • 2020 ANSTO Award
Key responsibilities

Administrative and organisational roles

Amy has held various administrative and organisational roles since 2000 including:

  • Short Reports Editor and Editorial Commeitte Member for Australian Archaeology;
  • Editorial Committee Member, Book Review Editor and State Convenor for the Alternative Law Journal;
  • Editor of the Journal of the Anthropological Society of South Australia;
  • Councillor for the Anthropological Society of South Australia; and
  • South Australian Representative for the Australian Archaeological Association.

She is currently a committee member on the Australian National Committee for Archaeology Teaching and Learning, a member of the South Australian Museum Board Research Advisory Committee and a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for Rock Art Research.

Topic coordinator
ARCH8017 Cultural Heritage and the Law
Supervisory interests
Aboriginal archaeology
Anthropological archaeology
Archaeological chemistry
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: Fishtraps and Coastal Economies (1), Cultural Modified Trees (1), Murray Darling Basin Aboriginal Archaeology (1), Stone and Glass Artefact Analysis (1)
Associate supervisor: Maritime Archaeology (1), Archaeology of the Tiwi Islands (1), Aboriginal Earth Mounds (1)
Principal supervisor: Archaeological Science (1), Maritime Cultural Landscapes and Indigenous Missions (1), Archaeology of WWII (1), Stable Carbon and Nitrogen Isotope Analysis (1)
Associate supervisor: Maritime Archaeology (2)
Higher degree by research student achievements
Madeline Fowler

Vice-Chancellor’s Prize for Doctoral Thesis Excellence - MAR 2016

Catherine Bland

Flinders University EHL Student Research Project Funding - MAR 2014

Madeline Fowler

Society for Historical Archaeology ACUA George Fischer International Student Travel Award - JAN 2017

Julie Mushynsky

CNMI Humanities Council Grant - AUG 2014

Julie Mushynsky

Flinders University Overseas Field Trip Grant - JUL 2014

Madeline Fowler

AIMA Scholarship - DEC 2013

Madeline Fowler

Flinders University EHL Student Research Project Funding - AUG 2013

Madeline Fowler

Berndt Post-Graduate Award - OCT 2013

Catherine Bland

AINSE International Travel Scholarship - MAR 2015

Bianca Petruzzelli

AINSE International Travel Scholarship - MAR 2015

Julie Mushynsky

Vice-Chancellor’s Prize for Doctoral Thesis Excellence - APR 2018

Bianca Petruzzelli

Flinders University EHL Student Research Project Funding - MAR 2015

Craig Westell

Australian Archaeological Association Student Research Grant Award - MAY 2019

Further information

Professional memberships

  • Australian Anthropological Association - Fellow
  • Australian Archaeological Association - Member
  • Anthropological Society of South Australia - Member
  • World Archaeological Congress - Member
  • IPinCH (Intellectual Property Issues in Cultural Heritage) - Associate Scholar
  • Australian Rock Art Research Association - Member

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