Associate Professor Heather Burke

Associate Professor

College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

place Humanities Building (108)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Heather is an historical archaeologist with a wide range of research interests, including the construction of class and status through material culture, the archaeology of cross-cultural engagement and the links between cultural heritage and contemporary social identity. She graduated with a PhD from UNE (Armidale) in 1996, and has worked on historical and Indigenous archaeological sites throughout New South Wales, South Australia, Tasmania, Queensland and the Northern Territory. Her current research focusses on the 'frontier' and its social and material effects.

Qualifications
Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honours) UNE
Doctor of Philosophy (Archaeology) UNE
Honours, awards and grants

Carrick Award for Australian University Teaching, Team Teaching, Award for Teaching Excellence (with C. Smith)
Vice-Chancellor's Award for Teaching, Flinders University, Team Category (with C. Smith)
White Bequest Award for an Archaeological Publication, Australian Academy of the Humanities.

2018-2020 ARC Linkage Project Sugarbag and Shellfish: Indigenous Foodways in Colonial Cape York Peninsula

2018-2020 ARC Linkage Project White People had the Gun: Interrogating the Riverland’s Colonial Frontier

2016-2019 ARC Discovery Project The Archaeology of the Queensland Native Mounted Police

2014 ARC LIEF—Federated Archaeological Information Management Systems Project: Transforming archaeological research through digital technologies

2012–2013 National eResearch Collaboration Tools and Resources (NeCTAR)—Federated Archaeological information Management System

Research expertise
Archaeology
Research interests
  • Standing structures, style and social identity
  • Ideology, class and capitalism
  • The frontier, contact and conflict
  • Working class archaeology
  • The archaeology of incarceration and asylums
  • Women and gender in historical archaeology
  • Heritage interpretation and the contemporary uses of archaeology
  • Archaeology of the Chinese in Australia
  • Archaeology of WWII
  • Artefact analysis and historical archaeology
Teaching interests

Historical archaeology, historical artefacts, heritage management, research methods, archaeology of modern society

Topic coordinator
ARCH8404 Directed Study in Archaeology
ARCH8807 Advanced Archaeology Field School
ARCH8403 Directed Study in Cultural Heritage Management
ARCH8019 Heritage Management Planning
ARCH8020 Research Methods
ARCH8806 Historical Archaeology Field School
ARCH2203 Australian Historical Artefacts
ARCH8401 Historical Artefact Analysis
Topic lecturer
ARCH2212 Archaeology of Modern Society
Supervisory interests
Archaeological theory
Contact archaeology
Cultural heritage management
Historical archaeology
Modern material culture
Higher degree by research supervision
Current
Principal supervisor: Archaeological theory and gender (1)
Associate supervisor: Historical archaeology (2), Contact archaeology (1)
Completion
Principal supervisor: Historical Archaeology (4), Cultural heritage management (2)
Associate supervisor: Historical Archaeology (6), Ceramics (1), Indigenous archaeology (2), Maritime archaeology (2)
Publications
Further information

Editorships and editorial boards

Editor, Australian Archaeology (2012-2015)

Editorial Advisory Board, Queensland Archaeological Research (2017- present)

Associate Editor (Australia and New Zealand), Historical Archaeology (2016 - present)

Editorial Board, Archaeologies, the Journal of the World Archaeological Congress (2015 - present)

Editorial Board, Australasian Journal of Historical Archaeology (2011 - present)

Editorial Advisory Board, Australian Archaeology (2011-2015)

External committee memberships

2015–Australasian Society for Historical Archaeology (ASHA) Best Honours Thesis and Best Postgraduate Thesis Awards Committee

2012-2013–NeCTAR Archaeological Information Management Systems Project Steering Committee

2010-present–Australian Archaeological Association (AAA) Annual Awards Committee

2009-2012–State Heritage Register Committee, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, South Australia.

2009-2011–Australian World Heritage Reference Group

2007-2008–National benchmarking, undergraduate Australian archaeology degrees committee

2003–Chair, Program Committee, Fifth World Archaeological Congress, Washington D.C. This conference attracted over 1200 participants and 990 papers

1990-1991–Secretary, Australian Archaeological Association (AAA)