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UWA Archaeology and the Centre for Rock Art Research and Management has more than a dozen Staff, 15 Adjuncts, 55 Postgraduate students, and more than 150 Undergraduate students. This makes UWA one of Australia's largest centres for Archaeology.

For information on Archaeology dissertations produced at PhD, Masters and Honours level, please click here.



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Adjunct Staff/Faculty

PhD Candidates

  • Victoria Anderson, PhD candidate - Rock art of the mid-Holocene marine transgression on the Dampier Archipelago. Supervisors: Jo McDonald, Alistair Paterson and Ken Mulvaney
  • Emma Beckett, PhD candidate - Stone arrangements of the Dampier Archipelago. Supervisors: Jo McDonald, Joe Dortch and Tom Whitley
  • Megan Berry, PhD candidate - Utilizing Rock art and archaeology to understand lifeways on Murujuga (Dampier Archipelago) from the Pleistocene onwards. Supervisors: Jo McDonald and Peter Veth
  • Chae Byrne, PhD candidate - Palaecology and paleoethnobotany, Barrow Island, Western Australia. Supervisor: Peter Veth
  • Lucia Clayton, PhD candidate
  • Andrew Cooper, PhD candidate - Ecological perspectives on Holocene landscape use in Australia's arid zone: Supervisors: Alistair Paterson, Tom Whitley and Joe Dortch
  • Kane Ditchfield, PhD candidate - Pleistocene human-environmental on Barrow Island, NW Australia Supervisors: Peter Veth and Jane Balme
  • Jane Fyfe, PhD candidate - Old art, new styles? Social networks and alliances, identity and ideology in rock, southern Kimberley, Australia. Supervisor: Jane Balme and Jo McDonald
  • Liesel Gentilli, M. Phil Forensic Science & PhD candidate Forensic Science - A-ICP-MS Analysis of Spanish Silver Discovered in Association with Six Ships Wrecked off the Coast of Western Australia in the 17th, 18th and 19th Centuries
  • Sam Harper, PhD candidate - Rock Art, mythological narratives and linguistics of the Port Hedland region. Supervisors: Jo McDonald and Peter Veth
  • Fiona Kost, PhD candidate  - Prehistoric Noongar fire management and ecology in Southwestern Australia. Supervisors: Jane Balme and John Dodson (ANSTO & UWA SEGS).
  • Laura Mayer, PhD candidate - Authenticity in 3D: a study of the use of rock art reconstructions and replications in cultural and tourism organisations. Supervisors: Jo McDonald and Ben Smith
  • Maddy McAllister, PhD candidate - Virtual Diving: Analysis of the archaeological value in image-based digital 3D site visualisations of underwater shipwrecks in Western Australia. Supervisors: Alistair Paterson, Jeremy Green, Paul Bourke (University of NSW) and Jo McDonald
  • Carly Monks, PhD candidate - Holocene palaeoecological change and Aboriginal resource exploitation in the northern Swan coastal plain. Supervisors: Joe Dortch and Jane Balme
  • Mark Polzer, PhD candidate - The Bajo de la Campana shipwreck: Phoenician trade, colonisation and cultural interactions in Iron Age Spain. Supervisor: Alistair Paterson
  • Wendy Reynen, PhD Candidate - New insights into the Dynamics of Human Behaviour during the Last Glacial Maximum and Late Pleistocene in the Pilbara, Northwest Australia. Supervisors: Jane Balme and Peter Veth.
  • Jane Skippington, PhD candidate - Reconstructing palaeo-environments and seasonality of occupation through isotopic and trace element analyses at Boodie Cave, Barrow Island, Western Australia. Supervisor: Peter Veth
  • Jo Thomson, PhD candidate - An investigation of the valuation and significance assessment process for Indigenous archaeological sites in Western Australia. Supervisor: Ben Smith, Tom Whitley and Jo McDonald.
  • Dorcas Vannieuwenhuyse, PhD candidate - Microscale geoarchaeological approaches to Pleistocene and Holocene sequences in the Kimberley, Australia. Supervisor: Jane Balme
  • Beth Velliky, PhD candidate. Supervisors: Ben Smith, Martin Porr and Jo McDonald.

Masters by Research

  • Ross Anderson, MA candidate - The history and archaeology of sealing and whaling in the Archipelago of the Recherche, Western Australia. Supervisors: Alistair Paterson and Wendy van Duivenvoorde (Flinders)
  • Vivienne Brown,  MA candidate - Tool-stone resourcing in the Weld Range, Western Australia. Supervisors: Jane Balme and Vicky Winton COMPLETED 2015
  • Lucia Clayton Martinez, MA candidate - From Landscape to Seascape: a Spatial Analysis of Murujuga Rock Art, Western Pilbara. Supervisor: Jo McDonald and Alistair Paterson COMPLETED 2015
  • Jacqueline MatthewsMA candidate - Learning about Lithics: Social Learning and the Study of Australian Aboriginal Lithic Technology. Supervisors: Peter Veth and Martin Porr 

 Masters by Coursework


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