Associate Professor Amy Roberts

Associate Professor

College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

place Humanities Building (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 the Narungga people of Yorke Peninsula and Aboriginal people from the Mid Murray and Riverland 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 project 'Ochre Archaeomicrobiology' DP190102219). 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.

Qualifications
  • 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

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

Awards

  • 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 (http://australianarchaeology.com/the-bruce-veitch-award-2/)
  • 2015: AINSE Award
  • 2015: Flinders UniversityFaculty of Education, Law and Humanities Award for Excellence in Teaching
  • 2016 ANSTO Award
  • 2018 ANSTO Award
Key responsibilities

Administrative and organisational roles

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

  • Short Reports Editor for Australian Archaeology;
  • Editorial Committee Member, Book Review Editor and State Convenor for the Alternative Law Journal;
  • Assistant Editor for 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 the Editor for the peer reviewed Journal of the Anthropological Society of South Australia (www.anthropologysocietysa.com). Amy is also 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 Boards for Australian Archaeology and Rock Art Research.

Research interests

Amy Roberts is an archaeologist and anthropologist who primarily works with Indigenous communities in South Australia. In particular she continues her collaborations with Aboriginal people from the Mid Murray and Riverland regions and with the Narungga people from Yorke Peninsula. 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 'White People had the Gun: Interrogating the Riverland's Colonial Frontier' LP170100479 and CI on the project 'Ochre Archaeomicrobiology' DP190102219).

Amy also continues her archaeological science research. She recently published results of an investigation into changes in diet over time in humans from the Arica region in Northern Chile through a stable carbon and nitrogen isotope analysis of bone collagen and the NAA of ceramics.

Her other research interests include:

  • Archaeology and Anthropology of Indigenous Australia
  • Yorke Peninsula Archaeology and Anthropology
  • River Murray and Mallee Archaeology and Anthropology
  • Rock Art
  • Indigenous Traditional Fishing
  • The Relationship between Archaeology and Indigenous Peoples
  • The Relationship between Archaeology and Anthropology
  • Archaeology, Anthropology and Intellectual Property
  • Archaeological Science
  • Stable Carbon and Nitrogen Isotope Analysis
Topic coordinator
ARCH1002 World Archaeology
ARCH8017 Cultural Heritage and the Law
ARCH2202 Archaeology of the First Australians
ARCH8410 Archaeology of the First Australians
Supervisory interests
Aboriginal archaeology
Anthropological archaeology
Archaeological chemistry
Higher degree by research supervision
Current
Principal supervisor: Fishtraps and Coastal Economies (1), Murray Darling Basin Aboriginal Archaeology (1), Stone and Glass Artefact Analysis (1)
Associate supervisor: Aboriginal Earth Mounds (1), Maritime Archaeology (3)
Completion
Principal supervisor: Archaeological Science (1), Maritime Cultural Landscapes and Indigenous Missions (1), Archaeology of WWII (1), Stable Carbon and Nitrogen Isotope Analysis (1)
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

Publications
Further information

Significant reports and contributions to policy

Fishing & Aquaculture Side-Table 2006. Indigenous Land Use Agreement Negotiations: Key Issues for Consultation in Fishing and Aquaculture.

Fishing & Aquaculture Side-Table 2006. Indigenous Land Use Agreement Negotiations: Indigenous Traditional Fishing Management Plan.

Government of South Australia 2004. Consent Determinations in South Australia: A Guide to Preparing Native Title Reports.

Hagen, R. & Roberts, A.L. 2009. First Peoples of the River Murray and Mallee Region Complementary Report [SC98/3 - SG6026/98]. A report for First Peoples of the River Murray and Mallee Region Native Title Claimants.

Hagen, R. & Roberts, A.L. 2008. First Peoples of the River Murray and Mallee Region Native Title Report [SC98/3 - SG6026/98]. A report for First Peoples of the River Murray and Mallee Region Native Title Claimants.

Roberts, A.L. 2008. First Peoples of the River Murray and Mallee Region Native Title Report [SC98/3 - SG6026/98] - Genealogical Report. A report for First Peoples of the River Murray and Mallee Region Native Title Claimants.

Roberts, A.L. 2002. Indigenous South Australian Perspectives of Archaeology Project Report. A report to Indigenous project participants.

*Some of the above reports have strict access provisions. Amy has also authored numerous reports and contributed to policy documents that cannot be reported here due to current confidentiality provisions including: native title reports, genealogical reports, Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) certification reports, native title claim merit assessment reports, reports on Indigenous traditional fishing, heritage survey/work area clearance reports, cultural heritage management plans and research bibliographies.

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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