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Dr Sally Brockwell

BA Hons (ANU), MA (ANU), PhD (CDU)
Fellow, Department of Archaeology and Natural History, School of Culture, History & Language
ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
T: 61 (0)2 61252217

Areas of expertise

  • Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Archaeology 210101
  • Archaeology Of Asia, Africa And The Americas 210103

Research interests

Archaeology of Northern Australia and Island South East Asia

Biography

My doctoral research was on earth mound sites on the Adelaide River in the Northern Territory. Currently I am involved in several multi-disciplinary collaborative projects: ARC Linkage led by Macquarie University with Partner Organization Rio Tinto Alcan, investigating earth mounds at Weipa with ANU colleague Dr Janelle Stevenson; ARC Linkage with Kakadu National Park, From Prehistory to History: Landscape and Cultural Change on the South Alligator River, Kakadu National Park with ANU colleagues Dr Janelle Stevenson, Dr Ulrike Proske and Dr Robert Levitus; ARC Discovery, Earth Mounds in Northern Australia: Archaeological and Environmental Archives of the Mid to Late Holocene; the Anbarra Project analysing shell midden sites at the Blyth River in central Arnhem Land with colleague Dr Betty Meehan; and Climate Change and Human Behavioural Variability in the Coastal Wet-Dry Tropics of Northern Australia with colleagues Dr Patricia Bourke (ANU), Dr Patrick Faulkner (University of Sydney) and Dr Richard Willan (Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory)

Career highlights

ARC Research Associate (2008-2012) and Fellow (current) Department of Archaeology and Natural History, ANU.

 

Researcher's projects

Enhancing Cultural Heritage Management for Mining Operations: A Multi-Disciplinary Approach (Lead CI Dr P. Fanning, Macquarie University) (ARC Linkage Project LP110100180)

From Prehistory to History: Landscape and Cultural Change on the South Alligator River, Kakadu National Park with Dr Janelle Stevenson (ANU) (ARC Linkage Project LP110201128)

Earth Mounds in Northern Australia: Archaeological and Environmental Archives of the Mid to Late Holocene (ARC Discovery Project DP120100512)

The Anbarra Archaeological Project with Dr Betty Meehan (AIATSIS grant & ANU grant)

Climate Change and Human Behavioural Variability in the Coastal Wet-Dry Tropics of Northern Australia with Dr Patricia Bourke (ANU), Dr Patrick Faulkner (USyd) and Dr Richard Willan (Museums and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (ANU grant)


 

Available student projects

The department welcomes inquiries from potential research students who would like to develop projects on:

  • Archaeology in northern Australia
  • Earth mounds in Australia
  • Archaeology of East Timor and Indonesia
  • Archaeology and climate change
  • Cultural heritage.

Current student projects


Ms Helen Cooke (PhD candidate): Linking the Past with the Present: Exploring ethno-archaeology and cultural heritage management in Weipa, far north Queensland 

Mr Billy O'Foglu (PhD candidate): Mounds of the North: Discerning the Nature of Earth Mounds in Northern Australia

Ms Tristen Jones (PhD candidate) Disentanglng the styles and chronologies in northern Australian rock art

Ms Charlotte Feakins (PhD candidate) A Forgotten past: reawakening shared histories of the buffalo shooting industry in Kakadu National Park

Ms Elena Piotto (PhD candidate) Island Life: Technological adaptations during the Pleistocene in Wallacea

Ms Norma Richardson (PhD candidate) An assessment of the integrity and antiquity of archaeological sites on the Cumberland Plain, Sydney 

Mr Bethune Carmichael (PhD candidate joint ANU/CDU) Framework for the adaptation of Indigenous heritage sites to the impacts of climate change

Past student projects

Dr Daryl Wesley (PhD candidate): Baijini, Macassans, Balanda, and Bininj: Defining the Indigenous Past of Arnhem Land through Culture Contact

Dr Nick McClean (PhD candidate): Rethinking Cultural Heritage-Culture and Nature in the Australasian Region

Mr Jeff Theys (Master of Archaeological Science) Considerations for a new typological system of grinding technologies in northern Australia

Mr Damien Finch (Master of Archaeological Science) Western Arnhem Land Rock Art Chronologies with a Human Figure Focus

Publications

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