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.
Administrative and organisational roles
Amy has held various administrative and organisational roles since 2000 including:
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.
Vice-Chancellor’s Prize for Doctoral Thesis Excellence - MAR 2016
Flinders University EHL Student Research Project Funding - MAR 2014
Society for Historical Archaeology ACUA George Fischer International Student Travel Award - JAN 2017
CNMI Humanities Council Grant - AUG 2014
Flinders University Overseas Field Trip Grant - JUL 2014
AIMA Scholarship - DEC 2013
Flinders University EHL Student Research Project Funding - AUG 2013
Berndt Post-Graduate Award - OCT 2013
AINSE International Travel Scholarship - MAR 2015
AINSE International Travel Scholarship - MAR 2015
Vice-Chancellor’s Prize for Doctoral Thesis Excellence - APR 2018
Flinders University EHL Student Research Project Funding - MAR 2015
Australian Archaeological Association Student Research Grant Award - MAY 2019
Recent conference papers, panels and posters
Fowler, M., Roberts, A.L. and Rigney, L-I. 2017. The 'very stillness of things'. Society for Historical Archaeology Conference, Texas, January.
McKinnon, J., Fowler, M. and Roberts A.L. 2014. Indigenous narratives and maritime archaeology. AIMA conference, Darwin, October.
Roberts, A.L. 2014. Case study delegate discussion. Intellectual Property Issues in Cultural Heritage Conference, Vancouver, November.
Roberts, A.L. and Campbell, I. 2011. The Ngaut Ngaut Interpretive Project: Providing Culturally Sustainable Online Content to the Public. IPinCH Conference, Vancouver, 29 September-3 October 2011.
Roberts, A.L. and Campbell, I. 2015. Caring for knowledge on Stone. Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, April.
Roberts, A.L. and Mannum Aboriginal Community Association Inc. 2011. Community Initiatives and Archaeology: The Ngaut Ngaut Interpretive Project. American Anthropological Association, Montreal, 16-20 November.
Roberts, A.L. and McGill, D. 2011. Session Chair - 'Community-Based Heritage Research: Insights, Challenges and Possibilities'. American Anthropological Association, Montreal, 16-20 November.
Roberts, A.L., McKinnon, J., O'Loughlin, C., Wanganeen, K. Rigney, L-R. and Fowler, M. 2012. Combining Indigenous and Maritime Archaeological Approaches: Experiences and Insights from the '(Re)locating Narrunga Project, Yorke Peninsula, South Australia. AIMA/ASHA Conference, University of Notre Dame/Western Australian Maritime Museum, 30 September - 3 October.
Roberts, A.L., Moffat, I. and Morrison, M. 2016. Aboriginal Relationships with RIver Country. Australian Archaeological Association, Terrigal NSW, 6-8 December.
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.
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