I am an archaeologist specialising in Indigenous Australian archaeology. The two major themes in my research focus on: (1) Indigenous foodways and economies during the Holocene, and; (2) cross-cultural entanglements, political economies and the role of Indigenous foodways and labour in the negotiation of new structures of power during the early colonial period. Much of this work focusses on two key sites: the Weipa-Coen region, in Cape York Peninsula, and the Riverland region, on the Murray River in South Australia.
I teach into the Bachelor of Archaeology and Graduate Program in Archaeology and Heritage Management, with responsibilities for a range topics in Indigenous archaeology, archaeological research methods, environmental archaeology, professional archaeology, and Indigenous heritage management. I supervise students at all levels (Honours, Masters and Doctoral) and prospective research students are welcome to contact me about supervision.
Vice Chancellor's Early Career Researcher Award (2015), Flinders University.
Course Coordinator — Graduate Program in Archaeology and Heritage Management
I am an archaeologist who principally works in northern Cape York Peninsula, in tropical north eastern Australia. My two major research programs investigate:
Potential Doctoral students who are interested in working with me should first review my recent publications to ensure that their proposed work is broadly aligned with my own, and then submit a brief (1 page) synopsis of the proposed research project. I am also happy to advise on potential research projects.
My teaching responsibilities vary from year to year, but I regularly run the following topics:
During semester I convene a weekly Indigenous Archaeology Research Group at Flinders University involving all students currently under my supervision.
A central element of my research philosophy is that ethical and socially valuable results can only be generated in the context of projects that draw inspiration, motivation and purpose from community priorities and concerns. The ability to carry out research is a privilege and as researchers we should actively seek to address questions and further knowledge in areas that can contribute to the needs and aspirations of communities or specific interest groups, particularly where these groups are marginalised in the present.
Most of my research focuses upon the western Cape York Peninsula region, particularly around the townships of Napranum and Weipa where I've worked closely with community members since 2000. I am currently a cultural adviser for the Alngith Corporation (voluntary) and facilitate a range of small to medium projects via collaboration with the Alngith Caring for Land and Sea Country Committee. I regularly involve students in this work, as volunteers, as paid research assistants and as researchers completing thesis components of Honours, Graduate or Postgraduate Degrees.