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Dr Sally Brockwell

BA Hons (ANU), MA (ANU), PhD (NTU)
Fellow, 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 part of a multi-institutional, cross-disciplinary ARC Linkage Project with Rio Tinto Alcan led by Associate Professor Trish Fanning (Macquarie University) to investigate earth mounds at Weipa, with ANU colleague Dr Janelle Stevenson.  I am also involved in several other collaborative projects: ARC Linkage Project, From Prehistory to History: Landscape and Cultural Change on the South Alligator River, Kakadu National Park with ANU colleagues Dr Janelle Stevenson, Dr Robert Levitus and Mr Kim McKenzie, The Anbarra Project with Dr Betty Meehan, analysing shell midden sites from the Blyth River, Northern Territory; the Northern Territory Dating Project researching Holocene coastal settlement in the Northern Territory and ARC Discovery Project, Earth Mounds in Northern Australia: Archaeological and Environmental Archives of the Mid to Late Holocene.

Career highlights

ARC Research Associate (2008-2011) and Research Fellow (current) Department of Archaeology and Natural History, ANU.

Researcher's projects

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

From Prehistory to History: Landscape and Cultural Change on the South Alligator River, Kakadu National Park (ARC Linkage Project)

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

Canberra, the Art Deco City (ACT Heritage Project)

NEW LIGHT ON THE ARCHAEOLOGY OF CANBERRA: ON-LINE DATABASE AND GAZETTEER OF ACT ‘GREY LITERATURE’ AND ARCHAEOLOGICAL COLLECTIONS (ACT Heritage Project)

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

Climate change and human behaviuoural variability in the coastal wet-dry tropics of northern Australia (ANU grant)

Shapeshifters: Visualising Cultural and Natural Taxonomies (ANU grant with Dr Sarah Colley, University of Sydney)

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, and cultural heritage.

Current student projects


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

Mr Nick McClean (PhD candidate): Rethinking Cultural Heritage- Culture and Nature in the Australasian Region: A Multi-Media Project

Ms Helen Cooke (PhD candidate): Archaeology beyond compliance 

Mr Billy O'Foglu (PhD candidate): The Relationship between North Australian Earth Mounds and Shell Mounds

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 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

Mr Jeff Theys (Masters of Archaeological Science) Consideration fo a new typological system of grinding technologies in northern Australia

Publications

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Updated:  04 March 2015 / Responsible Officer:  Director (Research Services Division) / Page Contact:  Researchers