The archaeology programme in the School of Social Science has developed over the past 30 years and currently has nine archaeologists and resident postdoctoral fellows whose research interests take them to nearly every continent, pursuing a broad range of topics and theoretical pursuits. Our programme is divided into an Archaeological Science stream where we routinely use “high-tech” methods to address and explore world prehistory in all its forms. We also have a Cultural Heritage stream where staff conduct archaeology with indigenous groups, government agencies and private developers. We are one of the leading archaeology teaching and research programmes in Australasia.
Our staff maintains strong international reputations; yet contribute significantly to Australian archaeology and prehistory. Students are encouraged to join staff that currently have field projects in Australia, the Pacific Islands, India, France, Turkey, Italy and Africa. Our main interest is understanding our region and the world through archaeology’s unique access to long-term human history. A sampling of our world-class research includes the following topics:
Staff are well known for using high-tech laboratory methods to address a range of archaeological problems. Our staff are world experts in stone-tool technology and use-wear studies, identification and interpretation of faunal and flora materials from archaeological sites and geochemical analysis of stone tools. Our archaeology labs have undergone a major transformation in recent years with the acquisition of new microscopes, computers and data-projectors for lab-based teaching, expansion of our reference collections in plant, bone, stone and shell, as well as historic and prehistoric artefacts from around the world. We stress “hands-on” training where students acquire a range of laboratory and field skills that prepare them for jobs in the heritage sector where our graduates enjoy a high percentage of placement. Our PhD students have obtained professional positions in leading institutions and companies in Australia as well as overseas.
We maintain a large student population, with diverse national and overseas backgrounds that foster a stimulating intellectual environment. Our staff have won awards for research and teaching excellence and our courses consistently rank in the top percentile for student satisfaction.
Applications are welcomed for undergraduate and postgraduate studies in prehistoric and historic archaeology from national and overseas students. You can follow the relevant links for more information and feel free to contact staff with specific questions you may have.
Becoming human: archaeological excavations at Lukenya Hill, Kenya
ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award
|2016 to 2018|
Food crops and culinary frontiers: the archaeobotany of Indian Ocean interaction and the colonisation of Madagascar
UQ Postdoctoral Research Fellowship
|2015 to 2017|
Middle Stone Age of the Gwasi and Uyoma Peninsulas, Kenya
The Leakey Foundation General Research Grants
Resource security trade and the development of urbanism in the pre-Classical world
ARC Future Fellowships
|2013 to 2017|
Project: Understanding bone technology in ancient northern Australia: bone tool use production and environmental context in the Northern Territory.
Advisors: Dr Tiina Manne and Assoc Prof Christopher Clarkson
Project: "An out-of-the-way little place": Historical Archaeology of networks of Interaction at St Lawrence, Australia.
Advisors: Dr Jonathan Prangnell and Dr Tiina Manne
Project: Regime Change: An anthracological assessment of fuel selection and management at Madjedbebe (Malakunanja II), Mirarr country, Australia
Advisors: Assoc Prof Christopher Clarkson and Assoc Prof Andrew Fairbairn
Project: Hidden in the Haematite: patterns of continuity and change reflected in the selection, production and use of haematite at Madjedbebe, Arnhem Land, Australia
Advisors: Assoc Prof Christopher Clarkson and Dr Alison Crowther
Project: Investigating and Managing Aboriginal Archaeological Landscapes of the Murray River Basin in Southern NSW.
Advisors: Assoc Prof Christopher Clarkson, Dr Andrew Sneddon and Dr Patrick Faulkner
Project: Understanding the processes and impact of prehistoric tree crop exploitation and management in the southern Levant.
Advisors: Assoc Prof Andrew Fairbairn and Dr Stephen Bourke
Project: The emergence and development of plant-based subsistence strategies in western Arnhem Land, Norther Territory.
Advisors: Assoc Prof Andrew Fairbairn and Assoc Prof Christopher Clarkson
Project: When is a cut mark not a cut mark? Looking at current terminology and the misinterpretations they provide in zooarchaeology.
Advisors: Dr Jessica Thompson and Dr Tiina Manne
Project: What role did stone quarrying and adze manufacture play in the early prehistoric settlement of New Zealand?"
Advisors: Prof Marshall Weisler, A/Prof Christopher Clarkson, Dr Ricahrd Walter
Project: Investigating prehistoric fishing practices and resource sustainability on the remote Ebon Atoll, Southern Marshall Islands.
Advisors: Prof Marshall Weisler and Dr Tiina Manne
Project: Prehistoric interaction on Rapa Nui (Easter Island): Modelling the development of social complexity in extreme isolation.
Advisors: Prof Marshall Weisler and Dr Tiina Manne
Project: Archaeological expressions of holocene cultural and environmental change in the Moreton Bay region.
Advisors: Assoc Prof Christopher Clarkson, Dr Patrick Faulkner and Prof Ian McNiven
Project: An integrated approach to Cultural Heritage Management: Recording and Management, Gummingurru and Kogan Ceremonial Sites.
Advisors: Assoc Prof Annie Ross, Dr Sean Ulm and Dr Jonathan Prangnell
Project: A critical evaluation of scientific and Indigenous approaches to the repatriation of human remains in an Australian context
Advisors: Assoc Prof Annie Ross and Dr Glenys McGowan
Project: From Chinese Kiln to Outback Hut:Examining Chinese tableware composition and distribution in nineteenth century Australia.
Advisors: Dr Jonathan Prangnell and Mr Kevin Raines
Project: Stone Tool Manufacture and Use at the Early Neolithic Site of Boncuklu: The Flaked Stone Evidence
Advisors: Assoc Prof Christopher Clarkson and Assoc Prof Andrew Fairbarin