Dr Ian Moffat

Research Fellow in Archaeological Science

College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

place Social Sciences North (389)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Ian is interested in all applications of earth science techniques to archaeology including, in particular, archaeological geophysics, isotope and trace element geochemistry, geomatics and geoarchaeology. He has contributed to a wide range of academic and consultancy projects within Australia and internationally including locating and mapping features such as historic and Indigenous graves, hearths, buried pottery, middens, shipwrecks, lost anchors and historic material culture, tracing migrations with isotope geochemistry and reconstructing palaeoenivronments using sedimentological techniques.

Ian leads the Drumbeat of Human Evolution: Climate Proxies from Rockshelter Sediments, Detection of Unmarked Graves and New Methods in Digital Rock Art Research projects at Flinders. He was formerly a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Laboratory of Geophysical-Remote Sensing & Archaeoenvironment at the Institute for Mediterranean Studies, Communications and Business Manager at Ecophyte Technologies, a Consultant at Archaeometry and a Principal Instructor at Precipice Training. He is an Adjunct Research Fellow within the Geoarchaeology and Archaeometry Research Group at Southern Cross GeoScience and tweets at @archaeometry.

Ian is currently a Commonwealth Rutherford Fellow within the Charles McBurney Laboratory for Geoarchaeology at the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research at the University of Cambridge and a Research Associate at Homerton College.

PhD, Research School of Earth Sciences, The Australian National University
BA, English and History, University of Queensland
BSc. (Hons), Earth Sciences, University of Queensland
Honours, awards and grants

Editorial Board Member:


ARC LIEF grant # LE180100185 with Dr Jonathan Tyler, Prof Martin Hand, Prof Michael Bird, Prof Enzo Lombi, Assoc Prof Patrick Moss, Assoc Prof Christopher Clark, Dr Garry Davidson, Prof Peter Gell, Dr Rian Dutch, Prof Bronwyn Gillanders, Dr John Tibby, Dr Thomas Raimondo, Dr Christian Reepmeyer and Assoc Prof Andrew Fairbairn for Mass spectrometry for next generation isotope analysis of silicate minerals

ARC Linkage grant #LP170100050 with Dr Michael Morrison, Dr Darlene McNaughton, A/Prof Heather Burke, A/Prof Shawn Ross, Dr Adela Sobotkova, Dr Brit Asmussen, Mr David Claudie for Indigenous foodways in colonial Cape York Peninsula

ARC Linkage grant # LP170100479 with Assoc Prof Amy Roberts, Dr Mick Morrison and Assoc Prof Heather Burke for White People had the Gun: Interrogating the Riverland’s Colonial Frontier

ARC DECRA grant #DE160100703 for The Drumbeat of Human Evolution: Climate Proxies from Rockshelter Sediments

ANSTO Grant with Dr Geraldine Jacobon, Gillian Blackburn, Dr Julia Clark, David Putnam, Anthea Vella and Dr Bayarsaikhan Jamsranjav for A Radiocarbon Chronology for the Transition to Pastoralism from the Soyo Archaeological Site

Flinders University EHL Faculty Medium Research Project Grant with Prof Donald Pate and Dr Tim Owen for Geographic origin of 19th century European migrants recorded in the stable isotope composition of tooth enamel at a colonial South Australian cemeter

International Society of Archaeological Prospection Grant with Dr Mick Morrison and Assoc Prof Amy Roberts for Geophysical and Geomatic Investigations of the Anthropogenic Earth Mounds of the Murray River Valley, South Australia

George Chaloupka Fellowship from the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory for the project Seeing Beneath the Surface: Applying Geophysical Techniques to Rock Art Research

Research expertise
Research interests
  • Archaeological Geophysics
  • Isotope Geochemistry
  • Sedimentology
  • Sequence Stratigraphy
  • Geoarchaeology
  • Site Formation Processes
Topic coordinator
ARCH8808 Introductory Archaeological Geophysics
Supervisory interests
Archaeological geophysics
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: Archaeological Geophysics (2), Geomatics (1)
Associate supervisor: Archaeological Science (1)
Higher degree by research student achievements
Anthea Vella

Won the Australian Archaeological Association Best Student Presentation Paper (Archaeological Science) -

Belinda Duke

Obtained a Digital Globe Imagery Grant -

Marian Bailey

Was awarded the Diamond Jubilee Bursary by the Australian Federation of University Women-South Australia -

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  • Archaeological Geophysics
  • Archaeological Science
  • Geoarchaeology
  • Isotope Geochemistry