Mr Stephen Muller

Casual Academic

College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

place Humanities
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Before commencing work as an archaeologist, Stephen combined a successful career as a Principal Social Worker in the South Australian Public Service with an ongoing interest in Australian archaeology and history. His social work role at that time involved providing a travelling consultancy to remote South Australian locations (Coober Pedy, Ceduna and Port Lincoln) to assist staff practice, including regular work with Aboriginal families and communities. Stephen has undertaken archaeological work in the greater Adelaide area, Fleurieu Peninsula, the Pilbara region of Western Australia and Melbourne, Victoria, with a particular emphasis on cultural heritage management and Indigenous archaeology. He brings a wide range of relevant experience to his work including archaeological, historical and cross cultural knowledge, sound oral and written communication, staff and project management, and cultural heritage training. Stephen is particularly interested in the way landscapes are culturally constructed to communicate significance and meaning, and how archaeological theoretical approaches might be applied to interpret such sites. His research is particularly focussed on cemeteries and burialgrounds. Stephen is an associate member of the Australian Association of Consulting Archaeologists Inc (AACAI).


2006    Bachelor of Archaeology with Honours (First Class), majoring in Historical Archaeology, Flinders University

2004    Bachelor of Archaeology, Flinders University*

        *Including cross-institutional study at Adelaide University

1990    Bachelor of Social Administration, Flinders University

1987    Bachelor of Arts with Honours (Second Class A), majoring in Australian History, Adelaide University

1985    Bachelor of Arts, majoring in History, Adelaide University

Honours, awards and grants

2017    Australian Archaeological Association Inc. Student Research Grant.

2015    Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) scholarship (till 30/03/19)*

        Research Training Scheme (RTS) scholarship (till 30/03/20)*

        *Replaced 1/01/17 by Research Training Program (RTP) scholarship

2007    Invited to sit on the Flinders University Course Review Committee of the Bachelor of Archaeology (including Honours) and the Graduate Certificate, Diploma and Masters of Maritime Archaeology as a former Honours student (29-31 Oct).

        Membership of the Golden Key Honours Society

        University Medal (Flinders University)

2006    Comber Consulting Prize (awarded to the student who achieves the highest Grade Point Average (GPA) in their Honours year by the Dept of Archaeology, Flinders University)

2004    Demosthenes Medal (for consistent excellence in Ancient Greek Studies – Adelaide University)

2003    Chancellor’s Letter of Commendation (Flinders University)

Key responsibilities
  • PhD Candidate
  • Casual Academic Teaching (see under Teaching for my current responsibilities and previous experience in this area)
Teaching interests

Current: Tutor in ARCH1006: Sex, Death and Ritual in the Ancient World.

Previous: ARCH8405: The Archaeology of Australian Stone Artefacts (Demonstrator and assistant teacher); ARCH3313: Archaeology in the Field (Teacher) and ARCH1006: Sex, Death and Ritual in the Ancient World (Tutor and Guest Lecturer).

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