Dr Chris Wilson

Senior Lecturer

College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

place Humanities (236a)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Dr Wilson is an archaeologist and Senior Lecturer in Archaeology & Indigenous Australian Studies. His research interests include: Australian archaeology; Archaeology of the lower Murray River, Indigenous cultural heritage; and, studies of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. He has been involved with the return of Ngarrindjeri ancestral remains from domestic and international musuems and has asssited in community reburials. Dr Wilson has taught at Flinders University since 2004 and was the first Indigenous Australian to be awarded a PhD in Archaeology.


2017, Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Archaeology, Flinders University

2010, Professional Certificate in Indigenous Research Training and Practice, University of Melbourne

2006, Bachelor of Archaeology (Honours) First Class, Flinders University

2004, Bachelor of Archaeology (Indigenous Archaeology), Flinders University

Honours, awards and grants

Co-PI, 2019-2021 Indigenous Cultural Heritage as a Facilitator for the Sustainable Development Goals, funded collaborative research project (Prof Alok Kumar Kanungo PI, Archaeology, IIT, Gandhinagar and Dr Nisshant Choksi Co-PI, Archaeology, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Gandhinagar and Professor Claire Smith, Co-PI, Archaeology, Flinders University), funded by the SPARC Program Project, Ministry of Human Resources Development, Government of India.

CI, 2019-2020, Refining Holocene Occupation, Subsistence and Chronologies in the Lower Murray River, South Australia, Indigneous Reserach Training Grant, Centre for Biodiversity and Heritage (CABAH).

NP/CI, 2012-2020, National Indigenous Research and Knowledges Network (NIRAKN), Australian Research Council (ARC), Special Research Initiative (CI Professor Aileen Morten-Robinson, Queensland university of Technology (QUT) (SR120100005).

Key responsibilities

Balanced teaching research academic. Topic coordinator, lecturer and tutor in archaeology and Indigenous Australian studies.

Teaching interests

Indigneous Archaeology, Coastal and Riverinie Archaeology, Cultural Heritage, Museums and Repatriation, Indigenous Australian Studies

Topic coordinator
ARCH2202 Archaeology of the First Australians
INDG2004 Reconciliation and Indigenous Knolwedges
Topic lecturer
ARCH2202 Archaeology of the First Australians
INDG1000 Indigenous Studies: An Introduction
INDG2004 Reconciliation and Indigenous Knoweldges
Supervisory interests
Aboriginal archaeology
Australian Indigenous studies
Australian museums and indigenous people
History, South Australian Indigenous
Indigenous cultural heritage
Indigenous repatriation
Indigenous research methodologies
Expert for media contact
Aboriginal issues
Indigenous Australia
Archaeology of the Lower Murray River SA
Australian Indigenous Archaeology
Indigenous Studies
Museums and Repatriation
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0427 398 713
Media expertise
  • Aboriginal issues
  • Archaeology
  • Indigenous Australia
  • Archaeology of the Lower Murray River SA
  • Australian Indigenous Archaeology
  • Indigenous Studies
  • Museums and Repatriation
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