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The Australian National University

Dr Catherine J. Frieman

D.phil (Oxon); (Oxon); BA (Yale)
Senior Lecturer in European Archaeology, School of Archaeology and Anthropology
ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
T: 02 619 70054

Areas of expertise

  • Archaeology 2101
  • Archaeology Of Europe, The Mediterranean And The Levant 210105
  • Social Theory 160806
  • Sociology And Social Studies Of Science And Technology 160808

Research interests

Innovation in prehistoric societies; Flint, ground-stone and other lithic technologies; Trade and communication in 4th-2nd millennia BC Europe; European Neolithic and Bronze Age society; Adoption of metal; Prehistoric metallurgy; Flint daggers; Ornaments and identity;Material culture studies; Archaeological theory


Catherine Frieman is a lecturer in European archaeology in the School of archaeology and anthropology. Previously she was a post-doctoral research fellow at the Research Laboratory for Archaeology and the History of Art at the University of Oxford and a lecturer in archaeology at the University of Nottingham. She received a BA in archaeological studies from Yale University and an and D.phil in archaeology from the University of Oxford. Catherine's D.phil examined the adoption of metal objects and metallurgy in 4th-2nd millennium BC northwest Europe through a close study of various lithic objects long thought to be skeuomorphs of metal.

Her primary research interests include innovation and conservatism, and she is a material culture and technology specialist with a particular specialism in stone tools. She has ongoing fieldwork in the UK, is Lead CI of an ARC Discovery project looking into human mobility and the diffusion of innovations in prehistoric Iberia and the Pacific and she has also worked on lithic material and technology from Neolithic sites in Vietnam. In addition to her research, Catherine is a passionate teacher and her contributions to education at the ANU have been recognised by teaching excellence awards from CASS, the Vice-Chancellor’s office and the Australian Office of Learning and Teaching.


Current student projects


Ru Griffiths - Scottish long cairns in their landscape and astronomical contexts (PhD)

Panel member

John Hayward - Rock art on Mirrar land, Northern Territory (PhD)

Jennifer Hull - Osseous technology in Neolithic Southeast Asia (PhD)

Rosalie Willows - Maker Culture in Copenhagen, DK (PhD)

Past student projects

Alex Broughton - Identifying Brothels in Roman Pompeii (Hons)

Kirsten Morrison - Barrow landscapes in Bronze Age Cornwall (Hons)

Emma Biggs - Chariot Burials of the Arras tradition (Hons)

Lisa Solling - Ritual landscapes in the Inka world (PhD)


Projects and Grants

Grants are drawn from ARIES. To add Projects or Grants please contact your College Research Office.

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