Associate Professor Mick Morrison

Associate Professor

College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

place Humanities Building (107)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

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.

Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honours), James Cook University
Doctor of Philosophy (Archaeology), Flinders University
Honours, awards and grants

Vice Chancellor's Early Career Researcher Award (2015), Flinders University.

Key responsibilities

Course Coordinator — Graduate Program in Archaeology and Heritage Management

Research expertise
Research interests

I am an archaeologist who principally works in northern Cape York Peninsula, in tropical north eastern Australia. My two major research programs investigate:

  1. Aboriginal foodways, and particularly the role of aquatic resources such as shellfish in Aboriginal economies through the past 10,000 years;
  2. The archaeology of colonialism, and particularly the role of Indigenous foodways and labour in the negotiation of new structures of power during the early colonial period (1865-1939).

Please view my research profiles for an up to date listing of publications and current funded projects.

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.

Teaching interests

My teaching responsibilities vary from year to year, but I regularly run the following topics:

  • ARCH2106/ARCH8801: Archaeological Field Methods.
  • ARCH8021: Introduction to Professional Archaeology
  • ARCH3109: Environmental Archaeology (with Prof. Donald Pate)
  • ARCH8518: Archaeology and Heritage Practicum

During semester I convene a weekly Indigenous Archaeology Research Group at Flinders University involving all students currently under my supervision.

Supervisory interests
Coastal archaeology
Indigenous archaeology
Indigenous heritage issues
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: colonialism, historical archaeology, indigenous archaeology, north queensland, mining (1)
Associate supervisor: Indigenous heritage management, caring for country, cultural heritage management, working on country, colonialism, Murray River and Coorong (1), North Queensland, historical archaeology, labour recruiting practices, colonialism (1), Coastal archaeology, Indigenous food and foodways, shell middens, climate and society (1)
Associate supervisor: Cultural heritage management (1)
Expert for media contact
Aboriginal issues
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Media expertise
  • Aboriginal issues
  • Archaeology
  • Heritage

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