School of Social Sciences

Archaeology


Archaeology is the scientific study of human life, thoughts, and actions through the materials people have left behind. Our goal is to share our passion and expertise in archaeology and heritage by training future leaders in these fields. With more than a dozen staff, UWA is one of Australia's largest centres for Archaeology.


Undergraduate

Archaeology offers a full undergraduate programme which equips graduates with sought-after practical and conceptual skills.

We have units covering a wide variety of themes. We also offer three fieldschools each year (archaeology, forensics, and rock art), where class knowledge is ground-truthed at real-life archaeological sites. We also have an Experimental Farm where we do mock excavations, fly drones, use remote sensing techniques, make stone tools, and use digital tools to manage artefacts and heritage sites.

Honours

As part of a wider postgraduate community students have access to volunteer opportunities in the lab and field alongside some of Australia's leading archaeologists.

Honours in archaeology is considered the basic qualification for work in this field. UWA Archaeology Honours consists of two components: weekly seminars and visits to specialists on topics such as advanced theory, grant writing, resume building, and topical issues in archaeology; and a research thesis with a supervised research topic of your choice.

Postgraduate

With leading researchers in the field and a strong funding record, UWA is an excellent choice for postgraduate research in Australian archaeology. Within easy reach of Asia and Africa, UWA is also the ideal base for a large range of international archaeological projects.

Career Opportunities

Archaeologists are in demand in many sectors. UWA archaeology graduates work in heritage management, universities, museums, community groups, and local, state, and Federal government. With research skills ranging from cross-cultural awareness to scientific and quantitative analysis, UWA archaeology graduates are also employed in planning, social policy, community development, media, public relations, education, database management, and natural resource management.

Research Areas

  • Aboriginal Archaeology
  • Contact Archaeology
  • Forensic Archaeology
  • Heritage Studies
  • Historical & Maritime Archaeology
  • Quaternary Studies and Archaeology
  • Rock Art
  • Theoretical Archaeology

Seminar Series

Looking to learn more about Archaeology or find out what our staff and students are up? Head down to our weekly seminar series and expand your knowledge.

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Our Staff

Dr Sven Ouzman

Discipline Chair
Research Expertise:

rock art; heritage; Aboriginal archaeology

Assoc Prof Jane Balme

Research Expertise:

Aboriginal archaeology; rock art; heritage

Sarah de Koning

Research Expertise:

rock art, database management

Dr Joe Dortch

Research Expertise:

environmental archaeology; Aboriginal archaeology

Dr Sam Harper

Research Expertise:

rock art

Prof Jo McDonald

Research Expertise:

rock art; cultural heritage; digitization

Prof Al Paterson

Research Expertise:

historical archaeology; rock art; maritime archaeology

Assoc Prof Martin Porr

Research Expertise:

hunter-gatherer archaeology; theoretical archaeology; rock art

Prof Ben Smith

Research Expertise:

cultural heritage; rock art

Prof Peter Veth

Research Expertise:

rock art; maritime archaeology; Aboriginal archaeology

Dr Ingrid Ward

Research Expertise:

geoarchaeology, sedimentology and micromorphology

Adjuncts & Honorary Staff

Dr Kim Akerman

Adjunct Professor

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Dr John Black

Honorary Research Fellow

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Mr Paul Bourke

Honorary Research Fellow

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Emeritus Prof Sandra Bowdler

Senior Honorary Research Fellow

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Mr Alec Coles

Adjunct Associate Professor

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Dr Emilie Dotte

Honorary Research Fellow

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Dr Jeremy Green

Honorary Research Fellow

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dr Jamie Hampson

Honorary Research Fellow

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Ms Fiona Hook

Honorary Research Fellow

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Dr Kate Morse

Honorary Research Fellow

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Dr Craig Muller

Honorary Research Fellow

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Mr Thomas Perrigo

Honorary Research Associate

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Dr Jim Rhoads

Honorary Research Fellow

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Dr Michael Slack

Honorary Research Fellow

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Ms Corioli Souter

Adjunct Lecturer

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Prof John Stanton

Adjunct Professor

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Prof Sandy Toussaint

Adjunct Professor in Social and Environmental Sciences

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Prof David Trigger

Adjunct Professor

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Prof Sean Ulm

Honorary Fellow

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Prof Daniel Vachon

Adjunct Associate Professor

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Dr Wendy Van Duivenvoorde

Adjunct Lecturer

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Dr Tom Vosmer

Adjunct Associate Professor

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Dr Tom Whitley

Honorary Research Fellow

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Dr Sean Winter

Honorary Research Fellow

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Dr Vicky Winton

Honorary Research Fellow

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Dr Leslie Zubieta Calvert

Honorary Research Fellow

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Our Current Postgrads

Victoria Anderson

rock art on the Dampier Archipelago, WA

Emma Beckett

spatial analysis of stone features on the Dampier Archipelago, WA

Marine Benoit

change in Holocene North-East Kimberley lithics assemblages

India Dilkes-Hall

Aboriginal plant resource use in the Kimberley, Western Australia

Melissa Hetherington

Historical Archaeology on the Greenough Flats, WA

Fiona Hook

Aboriginal marine resource use in north Western Australia

Abhirada Pook Komoot

Phanomi-Surin shipwreck in Thailand

Mariangela Lanza

GIS spatial analysis of rock art and archaeological records in the Kimberley

Laura Mayer

3D (physical and virtual) archaeological replicas

Maddy McAllister

underwater photogrammetric 3D modelling and archaeological interpretation

Wendy Reynen

Pleistocene lithics in the Pilbara

Ana Paula Motta

human-animal relations in Kimberley rock art

Yawen Xu

heritage craft production in China

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