Dr Pamela Smith

Academic Status

College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

Research expertise

I am a landscape archaeologist, a description incorporating the many branches of archaeology I worked in for over twently-five years. I have been a part-time academic and consultant archaeologist, primarily undertaking Aboriginal Heritage Surveys and surveys of colonial heritage sites in the Kimberley Region, WA, and SA.

Research expertise

I am a landscape archaeologist, a description incorporating the many branches of archaeology I worked in for over twently-five years. I have been a part-time academic and consultant archaeologist, primarily undertaking Aboriginal Heritage Surveys and surveys of colonial heritage sites in the Kimberley Region, WA, and SA.

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

I no longer consult but my consulting experiences across diverse landscapes came together in two significant research projects I initiated.

The Kimberley Frontier Archaeology Project. For details visit our website: http://www.flinders.edu.au/ehl/archaeology/research-profile/current-themes-and-projects/environment-and-society/kimberley-frontier-archaeology-project.cfm In its 2017 report following the First Nations National Constitutional Convention, Uluru, the Referendum Council included ‘Truth Telling’ as a significant part of the process of reconciliation and at the 2018 Garma Festival organiser and Yothu Yindi Foundation CEO Denise Bowden said: “The telling of truth is essential in paving a way forward that can bring the nation together and open up the possibility of a truly substantial settlement” The Kimberley Frontier Archaeology Project continues in the spirit of ‘Truth Telling’. As an older Australian, I look forward to a future where the next generation of white and black people will know their shared a history – and, most importantly, will respect each other.

I live in the beautiful Adelaide suburb of Brighton, South Australia. Long-term residents of Adelaide appreciate the natural back-drop to the city and the legislation to protect the Mount Lofty Ranges from urban development. I initiated the ARC funded Adelaide Hills Face Zone Cultural Heritage Project in 2001. For details visit our website: http://www.flinders.edu.au/ehl/archaeology/research-profile/current-themes-and-projects/environment-and-society/adelaide-hills-face-zone-project.cfm

ARC funding and my Post-Doctoral Fellowship ended in 2005, but elements of the hills landscape continue to be researched both as a volunteer or funded through smaller grants, often in collaboration with community organisations. We are proud that the HFZCHP is now contributing to planning of the new Glenthorne National Park, announced by the Minister for Environment and Water, David Speirs, in 2018. I also have been involved in excavations (a long time ago in Greece and Israel), I dabbled with ethnobotany and taught flotation methods, landscape archaeology, cultural heritage management and aspects of historical archaeology as a casual or invited lecturer at Flinders University. 

Qualifications

ARC Post-Doctoral Fellow, Department of Archaeology, Flinders University (2002-2005).

PhD, Department of Archaeology, Flinders University (awarded 2001).

Graduate Diploma of Archaeology, Department of Archaeology, Flinders University (awarded 1993).

BA & BA (Hons), Department of Anthropology, University of Adelaide (Hons. awarded 1992).

Honours, awards and grants

2018 Flinders University seed grant - Kimberley Frontier Archaeology Project

2011- ongoing Senior Research Fellow, Adjunct, Flinders University.

2014 Mitcham Council Special Grant. Restoration of the Mitcham Water Works.

2013 Mitcham Council Community Development Grant: Mitcham Hills Heritage GIS Database with Robert Keane and Donald Pate.

2012 'Heritage Hero' award by the South Australian Government.

2010 Mitcham Council Community Development Grant: The excavation of the Mitcham Water Works (1879-1930).

2010 An Indigenous Heritage Program grant, Canberra: Assess the heritage status of the Sturt Creek Massacre site.

2008 South Australian Women's Honour Roll.

2008-10 AIATSIS research grant: Archaeological Investigation of the SturtCreek Massacre Site, Kimberley Region,W.A.

2005-11 Senior Research Associate, Adjunct, Department of Archaeology, Flinders University.

2006 W.A.Department for Indigenous Affairs grant: Conservation and maintenance of the Panton River massacre site.

2006 W.A. Department for Indigenous Affairsgrant: Document the archaeological site at Limestone Creek, Lissadell Station, East Kimberley,W.A.

2004 Flinders University Research Grant: Kimberley Frontier Archaeological Project - massacre site at Panton River (with S.Blau).

2004 Flinders University Research Grant: A multidisciplinary investigation of historic clearance events in the Adelaide Hills. Flinders (with T.Denham).

2004 Hills Face Zone Cultural Heritage Project funding to attend the Society for Historical Archaeology Conference, St. Louis, USA, January 6-11, 2004.

2003 Flinders University Research Budget Grant: Internet map server website for the Hills Face Zone Cultural Heritage Project.

2002-5. Australian Research Council Likage-Projects Grant: Post-Doctoral Fellow: The Adelaide Hills Face Zone Cultural Heritage Project.

2001 Flinders University-Industry Collaborative Research Grants Scheme: A feasibility study for The Adelaide HillsFace Zone: Reconstructing colonial landscapes and the identification of sites of cultural significance.

2001 Visiting Scholar, Department of Archaeology.

2000/1 AIATSIS Research Grant: Joint Archaeobotanical Project, Fromm's Landing, Lower Murray River, S.A.

1997 Flinders University Overseas Travel Grant: IUNS Conference, Montreal, Canada.

1995-9 Australian Post-graduate Award.

Research expertise
Archaeology
Cultural value
History and philosophy of specific fields
Research interests

I no longer consult but my consulting experiences across diverse landscapes came together in two significant research projects I initiated.

The Kimberley Frontier Archaeology Project. See details on our website:

http://www.flinders.edu.au/ehl/archaeology/research-profile/current-themes-and-projects/environment-and-society/kimberley-frontier-archaeology-project.cfm

I continue to work with the descent groups of people who were killed during the invasion/ colonisation of north-western Australia and research the many aspects of sites of frontier conflict and 'sorry sites'.

Adelaide Hills Face Zone Cultural Heritage Project in 2001. See our website:http://www.flinders.edu.au/ehl/archaeology/research-profile/current-themes-and-projects/environment-and-society/adelaide-hills-face-zone-project.cfm

Much continues to be learned about the Indigenous and historic landscapes of Adelaide's Hills Face Zone. Continuing projects include Glenthorne and its place in the historic landscape of the new Glenthorne National Park at O'Halloran Hill; the historic Mitcham Water Works and its conservation; the historic pea-farm on Tapley's Hill and research into the history of pea farming south of Adelaide during World War II.

Teaching interests

Occasional part-time lectures

Publications
Expert for media contact
Aboriginal issues
Heritage
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